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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Second Harvest Heartland recognizes CentraCare Health as 2017 Hunger Hero

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

CentraCare Health is a 2017 recipients of Second Harvest Heartland's annual Hunger Hero awards for making a compassionate and transformational impact on ending hunger.

CentraCare Health received the "Innovation" Hunger Hero Award for new program that addressed both hunger and health care needs. The CentraCare Family Health Center partnered with Second Harvest Heartland to pilot a new and innovative program called FOODRx, which tests the health and financial impacts of providing tailored food prescriptions to low-income patients with diabetes.

FOODRx provides food boxes that support healthy eating and the treatment to patients dealing with diabetes or heart disease. The boxes contain nutrient-rich foods that can be quickly prepared for delicious and healthy meals.

One participant, a 53-year-old woman, started using FOODRx in September with a blood glucose level of 11.4. She expresses appreciation for being part of the program and that she uses everything in the box. Since starting the FOODRx program, her blood glucose level has dropped by 2.4 points. Another participant, a 64-year-old man, saw a great improvement in his blood glucose level since starting the FOODRx program, dropping from 10.4 to 6.3.

"It is exciting to be a part of this program and seeing the progress of some of the enrolled patients," said Paul Schoenberg, Director of the CentraCare Family Health Center. "As a registered nurse, I am aware of the importance of good nutrition. Even so, I was surprised by some of the positive results."

CentraCare Health is one of six award-winning organizations that each represent a critical component to Second Harvest Heartland’s mission of ending hunger through community partnerships: financial, innovation, retail food rescue, volunteering, awareness and food distribution. Other 2017 winners include Bank of America, Coborn's, Inc., General Mills, Walmart and Taste of the NFL.

To read more about the Second Harvest Heartland Hunger Heroes Awards, visit