Ahold Delhaize-owned Food Lion announced that it is collaborating with Novant Health "to launch a food pharmacy pilot program at Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC … The pilot program provides qualified participants access to nutritious food and encourages them to make healthy lifestyle choices to achieve sustained health. Throughout the two-year pilot program, Food Lion will distribute nearly 3,000 boxes that contain shelf-stable, nutritious food. Qualified patients will be determined, in part, through assessments by Novant Health dietitians and team members."
According to the announcement, "At New Hanover Regional Medical Center, dietitians assess patients who are at risk for malnutrition, and part of that assessment also screens for food insecurity. Patients facing food insecurity are eligible to receive a food pharmacy box upon discharge.
"Using the proprietary Guiding Stars® system, the food pharmacy box provides shelf-stable presorted food items, including milk, oatmeal, tuna, black beans, cans of no-sodium vegetables and pasta with sauce, as well as information about Food Lion’s nutritious products and the Guiding Stars system."
- KC's View:
It seems to me that one of the things programs like these have to do, in addition to providing people with food, is help them learn how to make good choices. One of the ways to do this is by using platforms like Sifter, which literally allow people to sift through products, both in-store and online, to narrow their focus to items that are appropriate to their health issues (or religious/moral/ethical concerns, depending on the person).
Full disclosure: Sifter is a charter MNB sponsor. But I'd make this observation even it wasn't, because it just seems to make so much sense.