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, one of Chicago’s largest and longest-operating food pantries, and two area hospitals: Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Swedish Hospital, a part of NorthShore. This innovative collaboration was born of current research that shows a direct link between food insecurity and poor health. Our goal is to nourish low-income patients undergoing various medical treatments by providing healthy groceries.
Food insecurity is a growing problem for people who are suffering an illness – often having to choose between medical treatment and food.
Health and Hope Program Information
To be eligible for the Health and Hope Program, clients must be current patients at Advocate or Swedish Hospital. Please contact the hospital directly with further questions.
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.