Eastern Illinois Foodbank and Promise Healthcare Partner to Open Food as Medicine Program at Health Center

CHAMPAIGN- URBANA, IL ― Eastern Illinois Foodbank has partnered with Promise Healthcare at two locations to start a Food as Medicine program, offering pantry staples to children and families in need.

Female Patient Being Reassured By Doctor In Hospital Room

Patients with an inadequate diet get food and other resources at Frances Nelson.

A collaboration between EIF and the community health center, this program started in July and is supported by a grant from the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation. The program has been operating for two months and uses a pre-packaged distribution model, providing individuals with food to last two to three days. Bags contain pantry staples like tuna, peanut butter, applesauce and macaroni & cheese. The program is designed to be an immediate source of emergency food for children and families struggling to afford an adequate diet for healthy living. Information about other local food pantries and soup kitchens is also shared with patients.

On average, 90 households per week are being served by the Food as Medicine program at Frances Nelson in Champaign and Promise Healthcare’s satellite at the Community Resource Center in Urbana.

“We’re thrilled about this partnership with Promise Healthcare,” said Jim Hires, President and CEO of Eastern Illinois Foodbank. “We know that hunger and health are directly linked. Being able to provide needy families with a prescription for food puts a meal on their tables and alleviates a burden in their lives. This is a natural partnership and one that we’re proud to promote.”

Promise Healthcare medical staff is trained to screen for food insecurity in prenatal and pediatric patients as part of their medical visit. If a family needs assistance, staff provides a bag of nutritious food with information on health, nutrition and other food resources.

“Food insecurity in children can have both immediate and potentially life-long health effects,” said Nancy Greenwalt, Executive Director of Promise Healthcare. “With over 70% of our patients living in poverty, it was important to have emergency food available for our families.”

Promise Healthcare’s Food as Medicine program is for patients of the health center as part of a routine medical visit. Promise Healthcare is currently accepting new patients at all locations. For more information on becoming a patient and receiving food through this program, visit www.promisehealth.org or call 217-356-1558.


About Eastern Illinois Foodbank
Eastern Illinois Foodbank works to alleviate hunger in eastern Illinois through cooperation with a network of food pantries, agencies and other programs. The Foodbank distributes donated and discounted food throughout a 17-county service area in cooperation with over 200 member agencies and programs. Through these agencies, the Foodbank provides meals to more than 116,000 men, women and children each year. The Eastern Illinois Foodbank is a member of Feeding America, Feeding Illinois, the United Way of Coles County, and the United Way of Champaign County.

About Promise Healthcare

Promise Healthcare is dedicated to improving the health of the community through treatment, prevention, and education. Promise Healthcare provides 35,000 visits and cares for over 10,000 patients a year through Frances Nelson, the SmileHealthy dental programs, and satellites at Presence Covenant’s Community Resource Center, a clinic on Walnut at Rosecrance, and mobile clinics. Promise provides primary medical, behavioral health and dental care to those who might otherwise go without.




Promise Healthcare Announces Walk-in Clinics

Promise Healthcare announced that they have added the service of medical walk-in clinics at two of its locations. Frances Nelson at 819 Bloomington Road in Champaign and their Urbana clinic at Presence Covenant’s Community Resource Center can now welcome walk-in established and new patients.

“It was the natural next step to try to reach those in our community who lack a medical home,” said Nancy Greenwalt, executive director of Promise Healthcare. “The last couple of years Promise Healthcare extended our hours and added doctors and nurse practitioners so that the health center can welcome new patients. We know that many still go to the emergency room that would be better served by a primary care provider. We are trying to remove barriers to care and hope the walk-in access will help.”

“The walk-in access is for patients who are established with Promise Healthcare or for those who don’t have provider,” said Greenwalt. “It is not designed to be convenient care for those who have a doctor at one of the other clinics.”

Walk-in Clinics


Frances Nelson

Mon 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM

Tues – Fri 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM

819 Bloomington Road Champaign


Promise Healthcare

at the Community Resource Center
Tue & Wed 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

1400 W. Park, Bldg 3, Urbana

Frances Nelson and Promise Healthcare at the Community Resource Center will welcome walk-in patients during all normal clinic hours. The clinics accept Medicaid, Medicare, Molina, Health Alliance Connect, Health Alliance, are in network for most commercial insurance, and serve patients without insurance.

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Promise Healthcare is dedicated to improving the health of the community through treatment, prevention, and education. The health center delivers primary medical, behavioral health, and dental services to the underserved through Frances Nelson, our SmileHealthy dental programs, satellites on Walnut at Rosecrance and the Presence Covenant Medical Center Community Resource Center, and our mobile clinics.

Promise Healthcare is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and depends on the financial support of individuals and businesses in the community. For more information about Promise Healthcare visit http://www.promisehealth.org.