Food & Friends also sees its relationship with a large health system like MedStar Health as an important and significant way to reach those in need of nutritious meals.
“Our clients aren’t often well enough to prepare food on their own, and many of them also have complex dietary needs due to their health condition,” explains Carrie Stoltzfus, director of program services at Food & Friends. “Malnourished patients have longer and more frequent hospital stays—but so far, 67 percent of our clients report fewer hospitalizations after accessing our program.”
Food & Friends has been serving the Washington, D.C., area for 28 years, providing more than 18 million meals to more than 26,000 individuals. Currently, about 13 percent of their referrals come directly from MedStar hospitals.
Please visit Food & Friends’ and Moveable Feast‘s websites to learn more about the types of services they offer to the community.