What Generosity does for The Food Shelf at HCMC

The Food Shelf @ HCMC is one of the few food shelves in the nation located in a hospital setting.  This service provides food bags to patients and their families when they come for their medical appointments. A unique part of their check-in with a provider is the inclusion of a question on food insecurity.  If identified, patients have the opportunity to receive a food bag and get connected with additional community resources, including federal assistance programs.

Rates of Food Insecurity at HCMC

35% of families with young children  |  18% of pregnant mothers  |  38% of patients seen in the ER

Serves 28 HCMC based clinics and 8 Hennepin Healthcare community clinics.

Reaches 2,000 families per month.

Distributes over 600,000 pounds of food per year. 

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Physician Testimonial

"I am so proud to work at a place that cares about families as a whole.  I ask if families have had any challenges obtaining food resources. Whether they answer yes or no, I can honestly and sincerely let them know that if food ever becomes a concern we will be here to help.  When I tell them that if they know anyone who has challenges finding food, they too can come here, I witness a visible relief and satisfaction.  It is a satisfaction to know not only that there are emergency food resources, but also that they are being treated at a place that cares genuinely about all people."

-- Dr. Krishnan Subrahmanian, Department of Pediatrics

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