Hartford — Greg Jones, the vice president of community health and engagement for Hartford HealthCare, prefers to call Hartford a food swamp, rather than a food desert.

“There’s stuff out there, but you don’t want to eat it,” he said, adding that on top of people in the city struggling with food insecurity, they’re also struggling with nutritional insecurity.

To help combat nutrition deficits in their most vulnerable patients, Hartford HealthCare has started its Food FARMacy, a 1,000-square-foot space on the first floor of its Brownstone Building at 79 Retreat Ave. that is being officially opened Friday.

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