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, 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 will break ground on the new hospital in late 2018, using nearly $1 billion it borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 44.5 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent. Today, its staff of 7,700 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 the only adult and pediatric burn center in the state of Ohio.
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 and its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.