Lakewood Engage is an initiative developed and implemented by Lakewood’s Community Health department. The intent of Engage is to partner with schools, and community and public health organizations to improve the health and well-being of the communities in which Lakewood serves. This is done through programs and initiatives which are continually being developed to help address areas of need, as indicated by the Community Health Needs Assessment.
Food Access Initiatives
These food access initiatives work together to positively impact the communities in which we serve, by increasing access to safe, nutritious and affordable food for positive health impact. These include Food Farmacy, Fresh Delivered, Cardinal PAX and a farmers market.
Food Farmacy – An onsite ‘pharmacy’ that dispenses healthy foods. It’s designed to connect families with healthy food options, educational opportunities, goal setting, and support. Physician or care team referral required.
- Currently serving 130 families, and reaching over 500 individuals every month.
- On average, nearly 4,000 pounds of food is dispensed each month.
Fresh Delivered – Home-based healthy food program connecting seniors with healthy food in their home.
- Currently serving 200 seniors every year.
Cardinal PAX – A weekend backpack program providing nutritious, non-perishable food for children to consume on weekends.
- Serves between 40 and 60 children each school year.
- Nearly 1,000 food packs are distributed each year.
- Serves the Staples Motley School District and Sacred Heart School.
Farmers Market – Lakewood hosts the Staples Area Farmers Market throughout the growing season, typically May-October.
- Every Thursday from 2 to 5:30 p.m. in the southeast parking lot of the Main Campus
- Every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 798 1st NE, Staples
- Items for sale include fresh produce, fresh cut flowers, meats, eggs, homemade baked goods, jams and jellies, and more.