From Health Center to Community: How New Health’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Initiative is Combatting Food Insecurity

Health Center in Boston Offers Direct Delivery of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables to Patients in Need

In response to the growing food insecurity among their patients, New Health, a health center affiliated with Mass General Hospital and Boston Medical Center, has launched a program that provides fresh fruits and vegetables directly to those in need. This initiative is part of their holistic care approach to support individuals in the community, according to Dan Coakley, the public affairs coordinator for New Health.

During a recent visit by WBZ-TV cameras to the New Health location in Charlestown, they observed the food distribution in action. Every month, New Health purchases bags of fresh fruits and vegetables to distribute to patients who have been notified in advance. The produce includes items like bananas, apples, oranges, avocados, asparagus, onions, and potatoes.

The impact of this initiative extends beyond the individual patients who receive the produce. Many patients share the food with others in need, extending the reach to help 10 to 15 people each time a bag is distributed. Any leftover produce is placed in a community refrigerator for anyone in need to access. Patient Carmen Tirado expressed gratitude for the help provided by the program, highlighting the importance of supporting those in the community who are facing food insecurity.

According to Coakley, the positive feedback and impact of the program continue to drive their commitment to providing this resource to everyone in need. This initiative not only addresses food insecurity but also fosters a sense of community support and care for those facing challenges in accessing fresh, healthy food options.

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