Have you ever heard of a Food Pharmacy?

In an innovative collaboration with our partners at Second Harvest Food Bank, Samaritan House has opened Food Pharmacies at our two Free Healthcare Clinics. Our volunteer physicians write “prescriptions” for low-income patients who 1have diabetes. Then, the patients are able to fill those prescriptions on-site at our Food Pharmacies. Deepest thanks to Second Harvest Food Bank for keeping both pharmacies stocked with fresh produce and other healthy foods. Our Food Pharmacies are thought to be the first of their kind in California.

Hear about it from the innovators themselves in this excellent interview, aired on Pen Voice!

Pen Voice – 253 – Food Pharmacy from Peninsula TV on Vimeo.

Host Dani Gasparini talks with Bart Charlow, CEO of Samaritan House, and Kathy Jackson, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank, about their partnership to form a Food Pharmacy.


Medical & Dental Clinic Hours and Operation

Free Clinic of San Mateo

19 W. 39th Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403 map

Tel: 650-578-0400

Hours by appointment only/initial referral from a Case Manager.

Contact Case Manager at 650-347-3648.

Monday – Friday: 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.

First and Third Wednesday evenings of the month, 7 – 9 p.m.


Free Clinic of Redwood City

114 Fifth Ave., Redwood City, CA 94063 map

Tel: 650-839-1447

Hours by appointment only/initial prequalification by the Redwood City Medical Clinic Coordinator.

Contact Clinic Coordinator at 650-341-4081 ext. 4005.

Monday – Friday: 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 – 5 p.m.