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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 is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.

The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

MetroHealth 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 research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.

Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.

The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.

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