• Sat. May 25th, 2024

From Farm to Bedside: New Health Program Tackles Food Insecurity in Boston Community”.

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 25, 2024
Health Center in Boston Providing Direct Delivery of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables to Patients in Need

A Boston program is bringing fruits and vegetables directly to patients in need as part of its approach to food insecurity. The goal of any local health center is to go above and beyond for those in the community. That is the case at New Health, which is affiliated with Mass General Hospital and Boston Medical Center. “This is supposed to be a holistic care approach that really takes the individual and provides them with the care and support that they need,” said Dan Coakley, public affairs coordinator for New Health.

The initiative began when the growing need for food security became more evident to the team at New Health. They wanted to come up with an alternative way to provide food directly to patients who were struggling with access to fresh produce. Once a month, New Health purchases bags of fresh fruits and vegetables, including bananas, apples, oranges, avocados and a variety of vegetables. These bags go a long way in helping patients who may not have access to healthy foods otherwise.

“Patients have said to me ‘You don’t know how many people this helps.’ There was one patient in the North End that told me ‘I share this with people.’ So this is helping like 10 to 15 people every time we give them a bag of produce,” Coakley said. Once the patients that are on the list have their food, any leftover produce goes into the community refrigerator so anyone in need can have it.

“A lot of people in our community do need all of this help. So it’s really great to have this resource available,” patient Carmen Tirado said. The gratitude received from those who benefit from this program is tremendous, according to Coakley: “The gratitude we get is tremendous and we just want to make sure we keep providing this resource to everyone.”

By Samantha Nguyen

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