In 2016, health officials and pastoral care workers at Baptist Hospital-Desoto collaborated with Mid-South Food Bank to start a food box progam aimed at newly diabetic patients. The goal is to present new patients the appropriate kinds of food and the appropriate servings sizes to combat the health problem.
How it Works: This program is made possible by a grant from the Baptist Foundation. Pastoral Care are working hand-in-hand with Case Managers, Social Workers and Dietitians to help newly diagnosed diabetic care get off to a good start.
Once the care package is delivered to the patient, the dietitian is consulted to help educate the newly diagnosed diabetic patient about such things as: making healthy, diabetic appropriate food choices, reading labels, portion control and learning to choose diabetic appropriate foods.
Each box is filled with shelf-stable, diabetic appropriate foods including: peas, mixed vegetables, chicken noodle soup, dry cereal, 1% milk, canned tuna, canned chicken, pear halves, fruit cups and applesauce. Each box should last the patient up to about 2 weeks.
This program also serves those in “food deserts” where nutritional foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, are not easily accessible. Information on local food banks is provided along with each Diabetic Care Package delivered directly to the patient room.
Picturd above: Baptist DeSoto Team members (Front to back): Beth Lansdell, Director of Case Management and Social Services; Chaplain Terry Coleman, Senior Staff Chaplain; Allison Williams, Student Dietitian Intern; Rachelle Richardson, Student Dietitian Intern and Chaplain Steve Edmonds, Director of Pastoral Care (not pictured) packing 100 diabetic care packages at the Mid-South Food Bank for newly diagnosed diabetic patients.