Mid-Columbia Medical Center Receives Grant From Multiplan Inc. For New "Food For Life" Program

Local community hospital, Mid-Columbia Medical Center is one of only four hospitals across the United States to receive a 2019 MultiPlan Rural Health Grant.

Mid-Columbia Medical Center is in the process of developing its pilot program “Food for Life” which will provide fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, all important components of healthy eating, to food insecure patients. Along with food boxes, patients will receive follow up support and resource materials and will be monitored by Registered Nurses. The pilot program is limited 25 patients who must qualify and reside within MCMC’s six county service area of Wasco, Sherman, Hood River and Gilliam counties in Oregon, and Skamania and Klickitat counties in Washington.

Since the inception of the MultiPlan Rural Health Grant in 1995, they have awarded over half a million dollars to hospitals serving rural communities. Grant recipients are required to use awarded funds to help them introduce or expend services or provide education, screenings and other endeavors that support the healthcare needs in their communities.

“Our hope is to be able to launch a larger program with sustainable funding,” said Celeste Hill-Thomas, Executive Director of Outreach, Communication & Foundation at Mid-Columbia Medical Center. “This grant from MultiPlan allows us to start a pilot program and prove its worth in the community,” she adds, “we are extremely grateful for the support.”

For more information about programs that help local patients please contact the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation at 541-296-7275, mchf@mcmc.net or visit online at www.mcmc.net/give.