Mount Sinai’s Food for Life Program provides underserved patients suffering from life-threatening metabolic diseases with specially manufactured low protein medical food products and recipes so that they will be able to prepare safe and healthy meals.
This unique program, established in 2014 with a generous donation from the Genetic Disease Foundation, purchases, stores, and distributes low protein medical foods to patients with inborn errors of metabolism who might otherwise be unable to obtain these highly specialized food products. The foods are medically necessary for the health and well-being of the patients. Without them, the patients may suffer severe health consequences. Unfortunately, the foods are very expensive and unaffordable to many families who desperately need them. The Food for Life Program provides low protein foods to qualifying patients at no cost.
The Food for Life Program is part of the Program for Inherited Metabolic Diseases (PIMD), a specialty clinic in the Division of Medical Genetics. The PIMD has provided comprehensive care to patients with inborn errors of metabolism for more than 40 years. With the help of the expert metabolic nutritionists and physicians in the PIMD, the Food for Life Program distributes low protein medical foods to those families who need them most and also offers tasty recipes and nutrition guidance. The pantry is funded exclusively by donors. Your tax-deductible donation will be used to purchase healthy medical foods for patients with rare diseases.
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Q: Who is eligible to receive products from Mount Sinai’s Food for Life Program?
A: Individuals who are eligible to receive products from the Food for Life Program must meet the following criteria:
Has confirmed diagnosis of an inborn error of metabolism
Currently under the medical and nutritional supervision of Mount Sinai’s Program for Inherited Metabolic Diseases.
Currently has a health insurance policy that does not provide coverage for medical foods.
Q: How do I make an appointment to be seen at the Program for Inherited Metabolic Diseases?
A: To make an appointment, please call our front desk at 212-241-6947. New patients generally need to get their primary doctor’s written referral, which should include information about their diagnosis (or suspected diagnosis) and all relevant medical chart notes, lab tests, and any other significant results.
Q: What kind of foods does the Food for Life Program offer?
A: We offer low protein pastas, flours, rice, and similar “long shelf life” products from a variety of manufacturers.
Q: Can I purchase food from the Food for Life Program?
A: At this time, food is not available for purchase.
Q: How can I help?
A: The Food for Life Program is funded entirely by generous donors like you. No donation is too small or too large when it comes to helping someone in need.