MetroHealth to distribute free produce in partnership with Greater Cleveland Food Bank
The MetroHealth System will serve as a Mobile Pantry site in partnership with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. The distribution will begin on June 18 and continue each third Tuesday of the month. Free produce will be distributed to patients and community members in need.
“Many of the patients and neighbors of MetroHealth are considered food insecure,” says Janet Montoya, Manager, Community Health Advocacy. “Access to healthy food is an important component of a healthy lifestyle.”
MetroHealth and the Food Bank estimate that 6,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables will be served. They are hoping to reach 100 families at each event.
Patients, community members or anyone in need of fresh food is invited to stop by for a bag of produce. Just bring your ID, such as a driver’s license or state ID card. Bags will be handed out at the first event; after that, community members are encouraged to bring their own bags.
3rd Tuesday of the Month
10 a.m. - Noon
MetroHealth Medical Center, Outpatient Pavilion
(1st floor near Pharmacy)
Any leftover produce at each event will be donated to the Food as Medicine program and the Aamoth Family Pediatric Wellness Center.
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.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.