By Associated Press - Sunday, September 30, 2018

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s Catholic Medical Center is the latest hospital to create a Preventative Food Pantry for its patients.

Social workers and nutritionists at the Manchester hospital will identify patients with chronic medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity, as well as those who suffer from food insecurity. Patients will receive a prescription for the Parish of the Transfiguration Food Pantry, where they will check in with volunteer nurses and collect boxes of healthy food. A grand from the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund helped get the program going. Food will be supplied by the New Hampshire Food Bank.

While CMC is the first New Hampshire hospital to launch such a program, they are becoming more common nationwide. Boston Medical Center opened its food pantry in 2001.

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