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Nashville General Hospital Foundation feeding a need through free food deliveries

Posted at 3:24 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-04 13:40:01-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — The Food Pharmacy at the Nashville General Hospital is typically a food bank for patients who need specific dietary restrictions.

The doctor will write a prescription of what the patient should be eating and the patient takes it to the Food Pharmacy.

However, this week the Food Pharmacy expanded its services to deliver food to people throughout Davidson County with no food or no access to food due to COVID-19 or tornado aftermath at no cost.

The hospital partnered with the Metro Nashville Police Department's Community Engagement Division.

Friday, there were seven officers who make the deliveries and next week they’re hoping to nearly double the amount.

"People are literally going to have food tonight, there’s going to be dinner on 80 plus tables," said Vernon Rose, executive director of the Nashville General Hospital Foundation.

Rose says they just started Monday and already handed out about 300 bags of food.

"It might be for the first time in days from what we’re hearing from our partners in the community," said Rose. "If there’s a demand and a need we want to try and reach that household if we can."

Metro Police said these officers are from the West Precinct Community Engagement Team.

The Nashville General Hospital Foundation will be doing this everyday and staff say they’ll continue until they financial can longer do so.

If you want to donate or volunteer email Vernon Rose at Vernon.rose@nashvilleha.org
You can also donate by texting FOOD to 615-510-6201.