September 01, 2023

Refer at-risk patients to nutritional program

Pennsylvania Medicaid members with acute illnesses can receive free, delivered meals on a temporary basis

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Pennsylvania network health care professionals can refer members who are in acute nutritional risk due to a serious illness to receive free, delivered meals through the MANNA food program. 

Members who have been diagnosed with the following acute illnesses may be eligible for the program: 

  • Diabetes
  • Chronic heart disease
  • End-stage renal disease

To qualify, members must have visited the emergency room 1 to 2 times in the current year, and/or have been admitted to the hospital at least once during the year for their diagnosis. Members approved for the program will receive 3 meals a day, 7 days a week for the time allowed. The duration of the program is based on the individual’s diagnosis. In addition, a licensed dietitian will provide 2 counseling sessions by phone. 

How to refer members

If you have a patient who may be eligible for this service, complete the referral form for review by the MANNA Nutrition and Client Services team. Review the flyer for additional information. 


Contact Lavinia Nabors at or 412-297-0218. For information about eligibility or status of a referral, call MANNA at 215-496-2662, option 5.

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