Realizing the need for novel affordable access to healthy food, our journey began with a passion to find answers. Growers for Grace PBC was founded to help aggregate our locally-grown available abundances to support regenerative impact and fruitful reach out of faithful stewardship of our land's abundant agricultural blessings. A product of this vision is Abundance for Health.
From a farmer's perspective, Food as Medicine (FAM) has always made sense to us. But from a clinical perspective, we frequently ask our patients whether they have enough medication and supplies to manage their care. Through a Food as Medicine approach, we're now also learning to ask patients if they have enough food (and the right types of food) to heal and thrive sustainably.
With a Food as Medicine response to diet-related chronic disease, we're growing the answers locally. But how can these local solutions actually cross over into implementation given an already stretched-thin rural health network? In response to the need, we're also here to help lead the collaborative demands of a Food as Medicine implementation with sustainable management and focused support.
One of the main barriers to starting and maintaining Food as Medicine programs is sustainable sources of supportive funding. Many projects receive grant funding that is time-limited and cannot support a permanent service. For this reason, we are passionate advocates in finding funding streams offering uninterrupted services and even program growth through measurable success.
Promoting healthy eating and lifestyles among populations with limited resources is a complex undertaking that often requires strong partnerships between various agencies. In local communities, these agencies are typically located in different areas, serve diverse subgroups, and operate distinct programs, limiting their communication and interactions with each other. We help support strong partnership between agencies facilitating unity to do good things together.
We are learning (and listening) that hospital leadership and staff must walk a difficult line between strict budgets and the need to implement emerging benefits. Scarce resources are often a primary barrier and extend beyond just direct financial resource limits, but also include limited staff, and time.
New program adopters are often expected to take on added responsibilities and struggle to find a new balance. Understanding time is a precious commodity in short supply, we're here to help see Food as Medicine adoption through by offering leadership, champions, and team supporters, enabling the capacity building and time savings needed for planning and executing positive sustainable change.
By working in a collaborative network of resources, our services help develop a compassion-driven, scalable Food as Medicine (FAM) intervention where locally grown food can be used to ease disparities, lower rates of diseases like diabetes and help save unhealthy healthcare costs.
"He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love." Ephesians 4:16
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