FLINT — The Community Foundation of Greater Flint has authorized a grant of $50,000 to the Hurley Foundation from the Arthur L. Tuuri Health Fund to be used for what Mike Burnett, Hurley’s Chief Strategy Officer called “a highly innovative program” known as the Hurley Food Pharmacy.
Partnering with the hospital were the Greater Flint Health Coalition, Michigan State University Extension, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
The program is expected to address what is known as ‘Food Insecurity’ where vulnerable populations choose to forgo food and instead purchase medications, utilities or other necessities of daily life.
Patients in need of the program will be identified as eligible via two questions in the electronic medical record process already in place. A positive screening will generate a referral to the Food Pharmacy, located at our Eastside campus, within our Diabetes Center, at 2700 Robert T. Longway Blvd. in Flint.
The goal is to increase access to healthy foods for food insecure patients and provide them with specific community resources to assist them long-term. The referral will provide two days’ worth of healthy food for the household and can be used twice monthly, for three months. Patients will also be provided follow up resources to help with their nutrition and other health-related needs and be able to meet with a registered dietitian.