WellSpan Health will begin offering emergency food vouchers to its patients in northern and eastern Lancaster County in February. The vouchers will be redeemable at the food banks located at Ephrata Area Social Services and CrossNet Ministries.

WellSpan Health medical staff recently began asking patients questions about the conditions in the places where they live, learn, work, and play that affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes – the so-called “social determinants.” It became clear that many WellSpan patients in the northern and eastern part of the county are food insecure.

WellSpan has not finalized the criteria for what constitutes a food emergency; more information will be circulated once details of the program are announced.