Compassion for Patients Facing Food Insecurity
Your support can help us give compassion and address food insecurity in our state.
Arkansas has the second-worst rate in the country for the percentage of people (17%) in the state facing the challenges of food insecurity. One of the major impacts of food insecurity is the profound influence it has on the health of people who suffer from it.
Access to healthy food plays an important role in disease prevention and health outcomes. Baptist Health, along with other hospitals and healthcare providers, has a unique opportunity and responsibility to address food insecurity and help improve patient and population health.
And you can help.
On any given day, there is a significant number of patients in Baptist Health’s medical centers and clinics who are in need of food. Many of these patients leave Baptist Health armed with instructions and medication as part of their recovery – but at the same time are not sure where they will get their next meal.
We have established Food Rx to help address food insecurity and make an impact on the lives of our patients and the health of our state. Baptist Health has set up a food pantry, and in its first phase, Food Rx will serve patients from Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Conway medical centers as well as Arkansas Health Group clinics, with an eye on expanding to other regional medical centers in the future.
Patients who need food will receive a three-day supply for up to a family of five for their return home. Baptist Health dieticians will provide healthy recipes and instructions on how to make their meals stretch. Patients will also receive a resource list of other food pantries and community services that can help them.
Your donation would strengthen Baptist Health’s ability to give compassionate care, while addressing hunger and food insecurity in Arkansas.