When the pandemic hit, so many ZSFG patients lost jobs, housing, and access to social safety-net programs that kept them safe and healthy. In response to this crisis, Dr. Misa Perron-Burdick, Medical Director of the Women’s Health Center at ZSFG, launched the Patient Pantry to give families another place to find support. This initiative was designed to provide pregnant patients and parents with basic necessities, either after a clinic visit or delivered to their homes. The pantry currently provides families with items such as food, diapers, feminine products, formula, and baby wipes. Patients also receive COVID-19 safety kits that include hand sanitizer, soap, masks, and thermometers.
This program continues to grow thanks to a new partnership with Solid Start—a multi-disciplinary effort at ZSFG focused on pregnant individuals and families with young children in San Francisco. One of our community partners, the Homeless Prenatal Program, is now housing the central pantry in their nearby facility. And thanks to two recent Hearts Grants awarded by the Foundation, even more patients will have access to these health essentials during future visits.
To date, this program has helped over 500 families and more than 50 home deliveries are made each week. As the economic fallout from COVID-19 continues to hit our most marginalized communities the hardest, we are pleased to be able to provide funding for this vital program.