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Garnet Health Announces Partnership with Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York

Garnet Health Announces Partnership with Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York

Garnet Health’s successful Food Farmacy program will now be able to meet the nutritional needs of even more patients, sending them home with nourishment basics to help them heal.


MIDDLETOWN, NY (Feb. 16, 2024 Garnet Health proudly announces they have partnered with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. This partnership will allow Garnet Health’s already established Food Farmacy program to expand and reach even more patients affected by food insecurity.

In Orange County, 9.8% of the population lives with food insecurity; in Sullivan County, it’s even higher, at 11.5%. In early 2023, Garnet Health established the Food Farmacy program as a way to help patients who screened as food insecure receive food upon discharge from any of the three Garnet Health hospitals.

Qualifying patients receive three days’ worth of food that is customized to their dietary needs. For example, a discharged patient with diabetes might receive a different food package than a cardiac patient. Patients who qualify will receive the appropriate canned and dry foods, as well as personal hygiene items and educational and resource information.

“We are so grateful for the support that our Garnet Health family has provided to get us to this point. We are pleased to partner with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York to continue to provide an exceptional patient care experience by providing diet-friendly packages to our patients in need,” said Jonathan Schiller, president and CEO, Garnet Health.

“Our mission at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York is not just to feed our neighbors in need, but to provide them with healthy and nutritious food,” said Tom Nardacci, CEO of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. “Partnerships like this with Garnet Health are instrumental in helping food-insecure neighbors with chronic diseases experience improved health and peace of mind.”

The Food Farmacy program’s success so far has come from a collaboration within Garnet Health, including donations from Community Health, the Nursing Community Committee, Volunteer Services, Food Services, Patient Access and Garnet Health staff. Partnering with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York means Garnet Health can reach even more patients, sending them home with the nourishment needed to help them heal.

“Discharging patients with food is like sending them home with their medicine or spare dressings for their wounds,” said Moira Mencher, director of strategic planning and community relations, Garnet Health. “Food is a very important part of a person’s healing. Providing a patient with a couple of days of food and other resources reduces the stress of looking for their next meal or a ride to find one.”

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Garnet Health staff received its first delivery of 1,000 pounds food from the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern of New York on February 1, 2024. From left: Nicole Sewell, Garnet Health Medical Center’s Chief Nursing Officer and VP of Patient Care; Moira Mencher, Garnet Health’s Director of Strategic Planning and Community Relations; John Politoski, Security (on the truck); Magalie Jean-Francois, Garnet Health Medical Center’s Manager of Hemodialysis Unit; and Maureen Roche, Garnet Health Medical Center’s Manager of Volunteer Services.


About Garnet Health Garnet Health is a New York State not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Middletown, New York, approximately 60 miles northwest of New York City. It is the corporate parent of Garnet Health Medical Center, Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills, Garnet Health Doctors, Garnet Health Urgent Care, Garnet Health Foundation and Garnet Health Foundation – Catskills. Garnet Health is dedicated to developing specialty services, medical programs and needed healthcare services that allow residents to remain close to home to receive quality care.

Providing healthcare to approximately 500,000 residents in Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties, Garnet Health was designed to improve the quality, stability and efficiency of healthcare services in the mid-Hudson and Catskills region. Garnet Health provides the services of more than 4,000 employed professionals and over 850 medical staff members. An academic affiliate of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Garnet Health retains compassionate professionals who continually strive toward the hospital’s mission to improve the health of our community by providing exceptional healthcare. To learn more about Garnet Health, visit

About the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York

The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that collects donated food from the food industry and distributes it to nearly 900 charitable agencies, feeding the hungry in 23 counties of northeastern New York. The food provided by the Regional Food Bank helps to feed over 350,000 people each month. In 2022, the organization distributed 47 million pounds of food to the hungry. The Regional Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks. The organization is supported by foundations, private contributions and fundraising events. For information on services offered by the Regional Food Bank, call (518) 786-3691 or visit


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