Food Pantry & Demonstration Kitchen
At BMC, a doctor’s prescription might be for a bag of healthful groceries, and the hospital’s Food Pantry is the place to get it. More than 7,500 BMC patients and their family members use the pantry each month, obtaining culturally appropriate foods for diets that are nutritious and therapeutic. Studies done by BMC researchers have documented that food stamps alone cannot support the nutritional diet recommended by the United States Department of Agriculture. To supplement patients’ resources, BMC created the Food Pantry. Many patients lack access to supermarkets and would otherwise rely on the less nutritious fare found at corner stores and bodegas. The pantry relies totally on philanthropy, including food drives that help keep the shelves stocked. BMC patients can not only get healthful food but also learn to cook nutritious meals in the Demonstration Kitchen. Classes are offered in special areas like cardiac rehabilitation, weight reduction and diabetic diets.
Boston Medical Center is 2012 Varnum Award Recipient
BMC's Food Pantry and Demonstration Kitchen is the proud recipient of the 2012 James W. Varnum National Quality Health Care Award, established by the Trustees of Dartmouth-Hitchcock to recognize an outstanding national leader in health care quality improvement initiatives. Read full story
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