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Health and Hope Program


Better Food Security for Better Health

The Health and Hope Program is a collaborative partnership between Nourishing Hope and three area hospitals: Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Lurie Children’s Hospital, and Swedish Hospital, a part of NorthShore. This innovative collaboration was born of current research that shows a direct link between food insecurity and poor health. Our goal is to nourish low-income patients undergoing various medical treatments by providing healthy groceries.

Food insecurity is a growing problem for people who are suffering an illness – often having to choose between medical treatment and food.


Health and Hope Program Information

To be eligible for the Health and Hope Program, clients must be current patients at Advocate, Lurie, or Swedish Hospital. Please contact the hospital directly with further questions.

Providing Nourishment for Those in Need

Through our hospital partners, the intake coordinators, nurses and doctors, we work closely with patients to screen them and determine their need and quality of life outside of their treatments.

Those who qualify receive:

  • Large bag of groceries directly at treatment site (approx. a two-week supply for one home)
  • Gift card to buy additional groceries, such as fruits and vegetables
  • Invitation to come to Nourishing Hope for additional support
  • Home Delivery is available

Our goal is to ensure that all patients have access to the healthy food needed to nourish and heal their bodies.

According to a recent study, 56% of low-income urban cancer patients do not know where they will find their next meal.

The Nourishing Hope Mission

Nutritional value is always an important part of Nourishing Hope’s emergency food services. In our typical monthly distribution, almost half of our allotment includes fresh fruits and vegetables. Because the Health & Hope bags must be non-perishable as they are delivered to the hospital in advance and given out on an as-needed basis, we focus on providing the healthiest non-perishable options available.

Those options include canned vegetables, dried fruit, nuts, whole wheat pastas, tomato sauces, and healthy low-sodium soups. In addition, we provided Health & Hope clients with a gift card to local grocery stores so they can supplement their non-perishable groceries with fresh produce, dairy, and lean meats.

Lakeview Pantry employee with patron

Support the Health & Hope Program

With your help, we can get the right food to the people who need it the most. Donate today to make lives easier for those who are sick and struggling.