“I recently had my daughter and her 4 children move in with my wife and our 4 remaining kids at home. I now have 11 people to feed and 8 are children.
The Food Shelf assistance helps in filling in the gap and they always have great advise on what I can make and do with the food”
“I had a patient come in last week who was in diabetic crisis. She said she had no food at home and wasn't able to take her medication for her diabetes. Having the Food Shelf here at HCMC allowed me to get her food immediately and provide instruction to control the situation.
Knowing she has access to food here will encourage her to maintain her clinic visits and learn to manage her diabetes”
Carmelita Nelson, RN, BSN, CNN, CDE
“Without having this available to me, I wasn't sure how I was going to feed my kids this week.
After everything this week, I just ran out of money”
THE FOOD SHELF at Hennepin County Medical Center addresses hunger and food insecurity among patients and families, with a long term vision of a hunger-free hospital and community where all families have the healthful food they need every day.
The only food shelf located in the region and one of the few food shelves in the nation located in a hospital setting, The Food Shelf at Hennepin County Medical Center provides services to over twenty five hospital-based clinics and seven community clinics.
Staff provide nutrient-rich foods on-site, often coupled with health and diet education, and also help patients connect to more sustained assistance programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps) and WIC.
The program actively recruits and engages multi-lingual community volunteers and staff to assist and support this work. Currently, the program serves 3,000 households monthly with nearly 100,000 people a year, half of which are children.