LINCOLN-(KFOR Oct. 7)-Bryan Health and the Food Bank of Lincoln have partnered to create Hope Against Hunger, a program that helps patients discharged from the hospital who are facing food insecurities.
Recovery and healing can be difficult without proper nutrition and access to food. Hope Against Hunger is a program that helps bridge the gap for patients leaving the hospital, as well as their families, until they can access community food resources.
During an admission assessment, nursing staff asks patients two food insecurity questions. If the patient answers, ‘Often True’, to both questions and is being discharged home, the person qualifies for assistance in the form of a backpack filled with various food items.
The backpacks contain approximately 40 pounds of food with contents based upon item availability. The food is estimated to provide one patient enough nutrition to last four days, or, for a family of four, food for one day. A compassionate note of support is also provided to provide comfort.
Donations to the Bryan Foundation have generously provided enough funding to start the program. Volunteers from both Bryan Health and the Food Bank of Lincoln gather to fill the backpacks full of food items. This service is available to patients being discharged at both Bryan East Campus and Bryan West Campus.
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