In 2017, Grady established the Food as Medicine (FAM) partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Open Hand Atlanta to bridge the critical gap between health and nutrition by ensuring patients and families of Grady Health System have access to healthy, affordable foods. Through this partnership, Grady has opened a FAM Center at Grady Memorial Hospital which includes a Food Pharmacy, Teaching Kitchen, and Farmers Market. The Brownieland Team was excited to be a part of this partnership by volunteering at the bimonthly Fresh Food Cart, an extension of the FAM initiative, located at the Grady Brookhaven Health Center. Volunteers sorted, packed, and distributed food that went directly to Grady patients. Find out more about this recurring volunteer opportunity HERE.
Grady Health System improves the health of the community by providing quality, comprehensive healthcare in a compassionate, culturally competent, ethical and fiscally responsible manner. Grady maintains its commitment to the underserved of Fulton and DeKalb counties, while also providing care for residents of metro Atlanta and Georgia. Grady leads through its clinical excellence, innovative research and progressive medical education and training. Learn more about Grady Health System HERE.
The Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) works to end hunger with the food, people and big ideas needed to ensure neighbors have the nourishment to lead healthy and productive lives. Every year, ACFB works with more than 600 nonprofit partners—including food pantries, community kitchens, childcare centers, night shelters and senior centers—to distribute over 60 million meals to more than 755,000 people in 29 counties across metro Atlanta and north Georgia. Learn more about ACFB’s programs HERE.
Open Hand Atlanta seeks to eliminate disability and untimely death due to nutrition-sensitive chronic disease. The mission of Open Hand Atlanta is to help underserved individuals prevent or better manage chronic disease through tailored nutrition interventions, which include a wide variety of therapeutic meal plans as well as nutrition counseling and coaching delivered by an experienced team of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. Through people-centered services and partnerships, Open Hand Atlanta offers access to healthy meals and nutrition education, empowering clients and the community to achieve personal goals for health and wellness. Learn more about Open Hand Atlanta HERE.