Food as Medicine Program Offering Pantry Staples for Families and Children in Need

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The Eastern Illinois Food Bank and the Community Health Center started their collaborative effort in July, and now is helping families and children in need.

The program is supported by a grant from the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation.  

The program has been operating for two months and uses a pre-packaged distribution model, providing individuals with food to last two to three days. Bags contain pantry staples like tuna, peanut butter, applesauce and macaroni & cheese. The program is designed to be an immediate source of emergency food for children and families struggling to afford an adequate diet for healthy living. Information about other local food pantries and soup kitchens is also shared with patients.

Around 90 households per week are being served by the Food as Medicine program at Frances Nelson in Champaign and Promise Healthcare’s satellite at the Community Resource Center in Urbana.

Promise Healthcare medical staff is trained to screen their patients for food insecurity as part of their medical visit.  If a family needs assistance, staff provides a bag of nutritious food with information on health, nutrition and other food resources.
Promise Healthcare is currently accepting new patients at all locations. For more information on becoming a patient and receiving food through this program, visit or call 217-356-1558.

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