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Health & wellness

Boston Medical Center’s pantry-by-prescription program recognized with national award

Food is medicine. That’s the basic premise behind the Preventive Food Pantry at Boston Medical Center.

Doctors at the hospital can write prescriptions for patients to visit the pantry twice a month. Just as for insulin or blood pressure medications, the prescription becomes part of the patient’s medical record, allowing them to visit twice a month to stock up on fresh vegetables and canned goods. A chef provides lessons in a demonstration kitchen about how to prepare healthy food.

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