EPIC Health and Focus: HOPE Join Forces to Expand Vital Food Assistance Program

Caption: Courtesy of EPIC Health and Focus: HOPE

In a groundbreaking initiative to enhance community health and nutritional support for seniors, EPIC Health (EPIC), a leader in community health centers, has forged a transformative partnership with Focus: HOPE.

This collaboration will transform EPIC’s 11 clinics into Help Centers, significantly expanding the Food for Seniors Commodity Program (CSFP) operated by Focus: HOPE across Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties. This visionary alliance is set to revolutionize access to essential food resources and improve the overall well-being of vulnerable seniors in the region.

Portia Roberson, CEO of Focus: HOPE, says this collaboration is a significant milestone in our unwavering pursuit of guaranteeing access to essential health resources for our vulnerable senior population.

“The initiative to transform health centers into help centers is not just a strategic move but a testament to our mission. It’s a mission to reach as many seniors as possible through our program, to ensure that no senior is left behind in their health and well-being. The 11 new EPIC Health help centers will be instrumental in helping Focus: HOPE achieve this mission,” Roberson said.

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a federal program specifically tailored to provide low-income seniors aged 60 and above with nutritious food packages to support their dietary needs. It goes beyond just delivering meals; it symbolizes EPIC Health’s steadfast dedication to the holistic well-being of every person under their care.

Dr. Greg Naman, Co-founder of EPIC Health, says he believes that healthcare is about nurturing the whole person, not just treating symptoms.

“It’s about creating an ecosystem where everyone, regardless of age, has the resources and support to lead a healthy, vibrant life. Our partnership with Focus: HOPE is more than a collaboration; it’s a bold statement that health is holistic, inclusive, and interconnected with every facet of well-being,” Dr. Naman said.

In collaboration with federal and state agencies, Focus: HOPE offers a vital service to the community by providing over 42,000 seniors with monthly food packages to help them meet their basic needs. In addition, Focus: HOPE facilitates access to health screenings, income support assistance, tax preparation services, and utility assistance.

To qualify for this program, individuals must be 60 years old or older (with proof of age), reside in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, or Washtenaw counties, and satisfy the specified income criteria. The primary goal of this inclusive program is to address the fundamental needs of senior citizens in the community and ensure their well-being.

“By addressing the nutritional needs of our seniors, we are not just eradicating deficiencies; we are fortifying the foundation of a community that thrives on the principles of care, dignity, and respect for every stage of life,” Dr. Naman said.

Applications must be submitted in person.  EPIC Health encourages interested parties to apply at any of its 11 locations across Metro Detroit. For a listing of EPIC locations, visit https://epichs.org/.

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