Healing Harvest Inpatient Food Closet

The goal of Nanticoke Health Services’ Healing Harvest inpatient food closet is to stand in the gap for our food insecure patients.

Patients who are admitted to the hospital are very sick. If they do not have food when they are discharged home, it makes it difficult for them to continue their recovery process. While many community food assistance programs already exist, it may take a patient recovering from a hospital stay a little time to connect these resources.  Nanticoke wants to help!

Patients are identified as being in need as a part of their patient care process. If identified, they receive a food package before being discharged from the hospital. By providing food for up to two weeks, we hope to give them a little time to make important connections to other resources without going hungry during recovery.

This program is initially being launched for our inpatients (those admitted overnight to the hospital) only. Key clinical and social service staff have access to the food closet in the event there is an urgent need outside of the inpatient care process.

On a regular basis, we do our best to keep a supply for a rounded diet, collecting low sodium (salt) and low sugar products whenever possible. We provide patients with a stock of items from the following food groups:

  • Proteins – Packages, shelf sustainable meats and beans
  • Vegetables – Canned low sodium or no sodium preferred
  • Fruits – Canned or drived
  • Grains – Non-sugary cereals, rice, whole wheat pastas, and oatmeal
  • Dairy – Canned or powdered milk


  • Dried or canned beans
  • Low sugar or no sugar cereals (like Cheerios, Chex and Rice Crispies)
  • Instant oatmeal (like Quaker Oats)
  • Low sodium vegetables and unsweetened applesauce
  • Spaghetti sauce (we are currently stocked on pastas)
  • Sugar free instant gelatin (Jell-O)
  • Canned milk

Please do not bring expired items, dented cans or ripped/opened boxes; we are not allowed to redistribute these.

A labeled collection barrel is located at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in the hallway outside the Day Surgery waiting area past the cafeteria.

Questions or want to get involved?

Call us at 302-629-6611, ext. 8950.