Boston Medical Center’s pantry-by-prescription program recognized with national award
Doctors at the hospital can write prescriptions for patients to visit the pantry twice a month. Just as for insulin or clot-busting drugs, 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 the kitchen about how to prepare healthy food. The program, which assisted more than 80,000 people last year, is being recognized with the James W. Varnum National Quality Health Care Award from Dartmouth-Hitchcock.