A Partnership to Nourish Low-Income Patients Undergoing Medical Treatments
Better Food Security for Better Health
The Health and Hope Program is a collaborative partnership between Lakeview Pantry and area hospitals and clinics to nourish low-income patients undergoing various medical treatments. This innovative undertaking was born of current research that shows a direct link between food insecurity and poor health.
Food insecurity is a growing problem for people who are suffering an illness – often having to choose between medical treatment and food. Food insecurity is associated with poor adherence to recommended medical treatment, delayed medical care, and inability to afford prescribed medication.
Health and Hope Program Location & Hours
Please contact Illinois Advocate Masonic Cancer Center at (773) 975-1600 to sign up for the Health and Hope Program. Must be a current oncology patient at Advocate.
Providing Nourishment For Those In Need
Through our hospital partners, the intake coordinators, nurses and doctors we work closely with patients to screen them and determine their need and quality of life outside of their treatments. Those who qualify receive:
- Large bag of groceries directly at treatment site (appx. a two-week supply for one home)
- Gift card to buy additional groceries (such as fruits and vegetables)
- Invitation to come to Lakeview Pantry for additional support
- Home Delivery program is available
The Lakeview Pantry Mission
Nutritional value is always an important part of Lakeview Pantry’s emergency food services. In our typical monthly distribution, almost half of our allotment includes fresh fruits and vegetables. Because the Health & Hope bags must be non-perishable as they are delivered to the hospital in advance and given out on an as-needed basis, we focus on providing the healthiest non-perishable options available.
Those options include canned vegetables, dried fruit, nuts, whole wheat pastas, tomato sauces, and healthy low-sodium soups. In addition, we provided Health & Hope clients with a gift card to local grocery stores so they can supplement their non-perishable groceries with fresh produce, dairy, and lean meats.
Lakeview Pantry will soon be expanding the program to more area hospitals in the near future. Stay tuned for more details!