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New meal kit program benefits Lane County residents with food insecurity

The meal kits include ingredients, recipes, and information on food assistance.
The meal kits include ingredients, recipes, and information on food assistance.

A new pilot program at Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield gives low-income families meal kits and info on healthy eating and access to food assistance.

Dr. Serena Black is Medical Director of Peacehealth Children’s Service Line. She said the meal kit project is meant to help families at their clinic who screen positive for food insecurity.

“We want to give them food for the family for dinner that evening,” Black said. “Not sending people home hungry. And then, also, with the kits come a list of resources to access then food in the community.”

The kits are developed by nutritionists and include easy to find ingredients so they can be recreated. The goal, Black said, is food for today and help to access food for the future. The project is funded by a grant from Peacehealth Foundation in partnership with Food for Lane County. The hope is to expand in the future and add perishable items like fruits, veggies and proteins.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.