(Cleveland, OH) - As part of a holistic nutrition program that addresses food insecurity, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (UH) is opening a Food for Life Market.
The market will be stocked with a variety of nutritious foods, including whole grains, dairy, fresh and frozen produce, canned fruits, vegetables and meat products.
Patients at UH Cleveland Medical Center identified as food-insecure will receive a referral from their healthcare provider to visit the UH Food for Life Market.
During today's formal ribbon cutting, Anne Leach, registered dietitian and Director of Clinical Nutrition for UH kicked off the event, "In 2019, the Cuyahoga County food insecurity rate was 13.9% and for 2020, it was 18.35%, a 31% increase due to the pandemic."
If patients meet the requirements, they will receive a week's worth of healthy food at no cost, as well as a one-on-one consultation with a registered dietitian.
Healthy recipes, meal prep tips and cooking demonstrations will also be offered.