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Hospital launches food pharmacy program for patients

Patients dealing with food insecurity receive a box of food to take home when they’re discharged.
A person packs a box of food.
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Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., has started a food pharmacy program to help patients who are experiencing food insecurity, Fox 13 Memphis reports.

The hospital partnered with a local food bank to launch the program. Upon admittance to the hospital, patients are screened for food insecurity. Those found to be food insecure are given a box of food to take home when they’re discharged.

Hospital officials say they’ve already handed out over 100 boxes since the program began.

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