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May 2018 – Food Shelf at HCMC


CRAVE Cares About The Food Shelf at HCMC


The Food Shelf at HCMC is one of the few food shelves in the nation located in a hospital setting. This service provides food bags to patients and their families when they come for their medical appointments. A unique part of their check-in with a provider is the inclusion of a question on food insecurity. If identified, patients have the opportunity to receive a food bag and get connected with additional community resources, including federal assistance programs.


Quick Glance

  • A hospital-based food shelf and member of Second Harvest Heartland located at HCMC of Hennepin Healthcare in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Serves 28 HCMC based clinics and 8 community clinics of Hennepin Healthcare.
  • Responds to patient food needs during clinic visits, hospital discharge, and home health visits.
  • Promotes healthy foods and provides nutrition education.
  • Reaches 2,000 families a month, distributes over 600,000 pounds of food a year.
  • Connects families to community resources including federal assistance programs.

Rates of Food Insecurity at HCMC

  • 35% of families with young children
  • 18% of pregnant moms
  • 38% of patients seen in the ER


Volunteers are welcome as individuals or in groups, contact Linda Carson at 612-873-4497 or [email protected].

Cash donations support food purchases at

Attend Rosé All Day, a fundraiser supporting the Food Shelf @ HCMC on June 2 at Brick x Mortar in downtown Minneapolis