Hurley Medical Center expands Food FARMacy program to community agencies

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Published: Jun. 19, 2018 at 4:39 PM EDT
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(6/19/2018) - The Food FARMacy program at Hurley Medical Center is expanding to include several more community service agencies located in the Flint area.

Hurley launched the program in August 2017 to provide immediate food assistance to people in need. In nine months, the program has served more than 700 people.

Currently, primary care clinics affiliated with Hurley offer screenings and referrals for food assistance. Between one-third and one-half of people served are food insecure, meaning they don't have access to healthy food.

Thanks to an $85,800 grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, the FARMacy program will expand to serve clients at five other agencies in Genesee County:

-- Hamilton Community Health Network.

-- Genesee Community Health Center.

-- Mott Children’s Health Center.

-- Genesys Downtown Flint Health Center, Family Health Center and Genesys Regional Medical Center inpatient oncology unit.

-- Wellness Services Inc.

The FARMacy program also will provide food take home bags, providing clients with an immediate source of food when they are referred so there is no waiting period.