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January 12, 2021 (UNC SOM News) – “A new five-year “R01” $3.25 million grant announced today is the second major grant awarded to the “food is medicine” research team, led by Seth Berkowitz, MD, MPH.  In July 2020, the NIH granted the group $2.9 million to study the impact of medically tailored meal delivery programs on individuals with type 2 diabetes and food insecurity.

“We are eager to explore how the medically tailored meal program plus our evidence-based lifestyle intervention will lead to improvements in hemoglobin A1c, weight, and patient-reported outcomes such as food insecurity, quality of life and diabetes distress,” said Berkowitz, assistant professor in the division of general medicine. “This intervention has the potential to improve health and reduce the impact of food insecurity among people with HIV.”

About Community Servings

Founded in 1990, Community Servings’ mission is to actively engage the community to provide medically tailored, nutritious, scratch-made meals to chronically and critically ill individuals and their families.  To help clients maintain their health and dignity, Community Servings provides culturally appropriate meals, nutrition education and counseling, and other community programs.  With support from thousands of volunteers, the kitchen team prepares over 800,000 medically tailored meals home-delivered to 3,200 clients annually.  For more information about programs and opportunities to volunteer or donate, please visit”

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