October 16, 2020

Food Farmacy to Support Patients Facing Food Insecurity

Food Farmacy to Support Patients Facing Food Insecurity

Food Farmacy to Support Patients Facing Food Insecurity

A new partnership between Better Health for Northeast New York (BHNNY) and Catholic Charities Tri-County Services to address food insecurity and reduce hospital readmissions.

ALBANY, NY – When it comes to nutrition and health, the equation is simple: better nutrition leads to better health. A healthy diet results in fewer complications and a decreased chance of readmission for recently discharged individuals. But for patients facing food insecurity, that “simple equation” can be fairly complex.

Today, ALbany Med affiliate Better Health for Northeast New York (BHNNY), in partnership with Catholic Charities Tri-County Services, announced the launch of an innovative Food Farmacy program to support food insecure patients after hospital or emergency department discharge(s).

The Food Farmacy will allow for recently discharged, food insecure individuals to receive healthy food supplies, nutritional counseling, and assistance with food benefit navigation at no cost. Patients identified as food insecure will be referred to the Food Farmacy for an appointment. The patient will work with a Food Navigator to arrange for three days’ worth of healthy food for themselves as well as others in the home who are dependent on them for nutritional support.

"Through the Food Farmacy and our partnership with Better Health for Northeast New York, we are able to address the need for nutritional support in the Albany area," said Vincent W. Colonno, CEO of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany. "A healthy community begins with its people, and I am very pleased that Catholic Charities is a part of such an innovative solution. I look forward to seeing the positive results that this program will yield.”

The program also allows referred individuals to work with Registered Dietitian for further nutritional care planning and benefit navigation. It will provide up to four visits to the Food Farmacy. Upon completion, patients will be provided with materials to support their on-going nutritional health and referrals to other community food programs as needed.

Through proper follow-up nutrition support and planning, the Food Farmacy seeks to enhance a patient’s long-term health status and reduce avoidable readmissions.

It is conveniently located at 553 Clinton Ave., Albany, NY. Appointments are available by referral. The program and temporary food supplies are provided at no cost to the patients, and Food Farmacy staff may coordinate transportation to and from each scheduled visit as needed.

Patients or providers interested in learning more may call the program at (518) 818-0019.


About Better Health for Northeastern New York

Better Health for Northeastern New York (BHNNY) is a not-for-profit corporation established in March 2017 to become the lead entity for the DSRIP performing provider system incorporated by Albany Medical Center.  In affiliation with Albany Med, BHNNY  leads the collaborative of healthcare providers and community based organizations, to promote population health across Albany, Columbia, Greene, Saratoga and Warren Counties.


About Catholic Charities Tri-County Services

Catholic Charities Tri-County Services is an agency of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany, providing services in across Albany, Rensselaer, and Schenectady Counties.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany is one of the largest, private social services organizations in the region. Serving 14 counties around the Capital District across some 10,000 square miles, Catholic Charities serves and empowers all persons in need, regardless of race, creed, religion, or lifestyle, as well as advocates for a just society and collaborates with women and men of good will. Last year, more than 89,000 people turned to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany for assistance. Through the generous support of donors and the community, we are able to assist the poor and vulnerable with housing, food, emergency assistance, disabilities services, senior services, and much more.