The Colchester East Hants Hospice, in partnership with select Sobeys and Foodland stores, is holding the Food from the Heart program starting Apr. 16 and running until Apr. 30.
Participating Sobeys and Foodland stores throughout Colchester East Hants will be appealing to customers to make a $2 donation to the Hospice Food from the Heart Program.
A key component of Hospice services, Food from the Heart has proven to be a crucial program. Families in need of assistance, as identified by the Palliative Care Program, are provided grocery cards on a bi-weekly basis that can be used at Foodland or Sobeys. Serving an average of 10 families per month, Food from the Heart helps to relieve financial pressure experienced by families facing end of life.
The program, developed by the Hospice Society, the Palliative Care Program, and local Sobeys and Foodland stores, is unique to Colchester East-Hants and ensures 100 per cent of all funds raised go directly to families in our communities.
An increased awareness of the program among patients and palliative care nurses has resulted in more people accessing Food from the Heart. With this success has come a greater need for program funding.
The Colchester East Hants Hospice Society provides care and support to families as they face serious illness, death and grief. Hospice volunteers and professionals work closely with the Palliative Care team in putting the patient at the centre and in control of his or her own life and care.