The Grow Clinic
The Grow Clinic has been supported by members of First Church since 1984.

The Grow Clinic committee coordinates food and money collection for The Grow Clinic for Children, an outpatient subspecialty clinic at Boston Medical Center that was founded by pediatrician Dr. Deborah Frank to provide comprehensive specialty medical, nutritional, developmental and social services and dietary assistance to infants and toddlers from the Greater Boston area referred with Failure To Thrive (FTT) by their primary care physician. In addition to providing clinical services, they advocate for policies that decrease the number of children in need. The Grow Clinic is part of BMC’s Department of Pediatrics.

These children are the most medically fragile babies living in the most economically fragile communities.  Dr. Frank’s clinic is also home to a research project tracking food insecurity among young children and their families.  The Grow Clinic is a preventative food pantry (it is the first in-hospital food pantry in the nation), and they fill “prescriptions” by Boston Medical Center physicians for low-income patients with nutrition-related illnesses.

First Church fills our baskets with high calorie, nutritious food that will be taken to the Grow Clinic and Food Pantry at Boston Medical Center, the food goes directly from our baskets to the high chairs and tables of families in need.

Volunteers are needed to assist with emptying the Grow food baskets after church services and placing food in the closet prior to transport.  Volunteers are also needed to monitor the Grow Clinic bookshelves and take age-inappropriate books to the Belmont Public Library for donation.  Finally, volunteers are needed to help load and/or transport food to Boston Medical Center.  Training provided, as well as lots of appreciation from a cuddly giraffe!

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To go to The Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center website, please click here.