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One stop for free food and medicine

It’s early Saturday morning at Serve the People Community Health Center in Santa Ana, and dozens of people have crowded into the cheery waiting room to get their blood pressure or diabetes screenings, mammograms, or follow up appointments for a lingering illness. The clinic, which opened its doors in 2009, offers the gamut of clinic services to 500 patients a month — all for about $15 or less — and the staff regularly haggles with medical specialists for discount rates if the patient needs a referral. The health center’s doors are open to anyone who requires — but can’t afford — medical care.