COVID-19 has caused significant disruption to the food supply chain in America, where one in nine Americans already struggled with food insecurity before the pandemic. St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor in Michigan, a member of Trinity Health, is addressing food insecurity in their community with a food assistance program that delivers fresh food from regional farms directly to patients’ homes.
During a patient’s clinic visit, providers ask questions about access to food and record the answers in the patient’s chart. Patients who need assistance can be enrolled quickly as part of the visit. Patients can also use MyChart to enroll themselves in the program.
“A resilient local food economy is vital to our overall health and wellbeing,” said Amanda Sweetman, director of farming and health lifestyles for Trinity Michigan. “I see this as a great opportunity to support patients and providers, as well as local farms, during this crisis.”