MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota medical center has opened one of the nation’s first hospital-based food pantries.

Hennepin County Medical Center pediatrics physician Diane Cutts often treats families struggling with hunger. So, she helped the hospital launch the food shelves so that her patients can walk out the door with bags of nutritious food in addition to any prescriptions or doctor’s orders.

Cutts is a leading researcher on child hunger and co-authored a study that found children in families that don’t have enough good food are at greater risk for developmental delays, including language and coordination.

Minnesota Public Radio News says Cutts is trying to expand the food pantry and find a way for doctors at the hospital to write prescriptions for food.

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Comments (4)
  1. Joe says:

    You know someone will complain about this coming out of public hospital claiming that tax dollars shouldn’t supporting this. I think it is a great idea. I wonder how many businesses help year round and not just at Christmas and Thanksgiving in helping the needy.

  2. Nancy Aleshire says:

    When I used to take my sons to HCMC, I would often see families whose kids looked hungry. The mom would open up a bag of Doritos for the child or peanut butter crackers and you know they did not have access to adequate meals. I think this is a great idea. I think all churches should have food available as well. You never know who might be walking in the door. I guess the same thing should apply to schools. Kids can’t learn when they are hungry.

  3. grateful says:

    Thank you for making a differance Dr. Cutts!

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