Lurie Children’s Hospital has launched a home food delivery program for patients who might otherwise go hungry.
The hospital received a $150,000 grant from the Cigna Foundation to provide “reliable access to healthy food for over 100 families.”
The program expands on an earlier hospital’s initiative to address food insecurity; two years ago, the hospital opened Chicago’s first onsite food pantry in a pediatric clinic.
“Food insecurity is a significant barrier to children’s health,” said Dr. Adam Becker, executive director of childhood obesity prevention program Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, was quoted as saying in a hospital news release. “We hope to reduce the burden on vulnerable families, especially those who are caring for children with medical complexity.”
Mary Kate Daly, vice president of Lurie Children’s Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities, said the grant will pay not only for food, but also for social workers and