CHOP receives $1M for food pharmacy

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia received a $1 million gift from the Giant Company to expand its food pharmacy program.

The donation will bring the program to the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Primary Care Center in Norristown, Pa., according to an Aug. 8 news release from the Giant Company. The program will allow families to order food online and have food delivered to their homes. It will also create a small in-person pantry with dry food and other resources for families to open this fall.

The program delivers thousands of pounds of fresh produce to patient families each year, Saba Khan, MD, attending physician with the CHOP Care Network and director of food pharmacy, said in the release.

The hospital's food pharmacy program was established in 2018 and was the first pediatric hospital-based food bank in the country. The program expanded in 2020 with funding from the Giant Company.

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