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MetroHealth Extends Free Produce Distribution

MetroHealth is extending its monthly free produce distribution events.

When the system partnered with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank in June to launch the summer events to distribute free vegetables, fruits and other healthy food on its main campus, it set a goal of serving 100 families every month.

During the August 20 event, MetroHealth served 335 families. That kind of response was a sign that many patients, visitors and community members need better access to healthy food.

So the system decided to continue its partnership with the Food Bank and extend the produce giveaway events through the end of 2019.

Patients, community members or anyone in need of fresh food can stop by for a bag of produce. Just bring your ID (driver’s license, state ID card, etc.) and your own bags.

  • What: MetroHealth/Cleveland Food Bank free produce distribution.
  • When: 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17.
  • Where: Outpatient Pavilion (first floor, near pharmacy), MetroHealth Medical Center, 2500 MetroHealth Drive, Cleveland.
  • Who: Patients, members of the community, anyone in need of healthy food.
About the MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, is honoring its commitment to create a healthier community by building a new hospital on its main campus in Cleveland. The building and the 25 acres of green space around it are catalyzing the revitalization of MetroHealth’s West Side neighborhood.

MetroHealth broke ground on its new hospital in 2019. The project is being financed with nearly $1 billion the system borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 40 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent. Today, its staff of 8,000 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. In the past year, MetroHealth has served 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits in its hospitals and health centers, 75 percent of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

The health system is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.

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