Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Awards 18 MA Nonprofits With Grants
Thursday, February 18, 2016
The Healthy Food Fund
The Healthy Food Fund was initiated in 2015 after the Foundation successfully closed out its 8 year investment in preventing childhood obesity. Over $1.5 million in grants were distributed in 2015 to the Foundation's Healthy Food Fun initiatives in the region.
“The goal of our Healthy Food Fund is to support local programs that help people and communities find ways to eat healthier. We continue to be inspired by organizations in communities large and small – from farmers’ markets to community gardens to food gleaners and others – that are innovating local solutions to fresh food access and affordability," said Karen Voci, President of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation.
In addition to the $1.5 million in Healthy Food Fund grants, the Foundation also awarded $616,000 to 700 organizations in 275 communities through Harvard Pilgrim’s Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grants program.
This program allows every Harvard Pilgrim Health Care employee to annually award a $500 grant, completely funded by the Foundation, to the charity of his or her choice. Since the inception of this program in 2002, the Foundation has contributed over $4.6 million to thousands of organizations throughout region. Areas of support have included schools, food pantries, youth development organizations, and fundraising events.
Two Boston-area organizations received $30,000 each as part of Harvard Pilgrim’s Count Us In Community Partner program which supports the company’s Inclusion initiative: INE MultiMedia, Inc. and Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.
Through the Foundation’s Healthy Equity Roundtable program, a total of $25,000 in grants and services went toward addressing health disparities across the region. In 2015, organizations which received funding included the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum.
The Massachusetts Grant Recipients are as follows:
- $100,000 -- Boys & Girls Clubs (Boston), Farm-to-Family program
- $45,000 -- City Year (Boston), Service Activities at Hennigan Elementary School in Dorchester; In-school team support
- $40,000 -- Regional Environmental Council (Worcester), Mobile Farmers Market
- $40,000 – Mill City Grows (Lowell), Mobile Farmers Market
- $49,000 -- Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc. (Lawrence),Healthy Eating for Active Living Training and Workshops
- $30,000 -- Worcester Public Library Foundation, Tatnuck Magnet Elementary School; community garden and library
- $42,000 – Community Harvest Project (North Grafton), Volunteer Farming Initiative; Farm-to-Health Center program
- $50,000 – Gardening the Community (Springfield), Expansion of Walnut St. garden; Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture
- $50,000 – Grow Food Northampton, Food Access Northampton; Giving Garden
- $50,000 – Growing Places (Leominster), Teaching Garden, Garden on the GO, cooking classes
- $50,000 – Boston Area Gleaners (Waltham), Expansion of Gleaning Regions by 25% in Mass.
- $50,000 – Groundwork Lawrence, CSA program, youth-led urban ag program, cooking and nutrition classes
- $30,000 – Mass in Motion (New Bedford), Subsidized CSA program; cooking and nutrition training
- $50,000 – Nourishing the North Shore (Newburyport, Amesbury, Salisbury, Rowley, Newbury, West Newbury), Garden and food delivery expansion initiatives, cooking and nutrition classes
- $90,000 – Community Garden Grants (Statewide), Expansion of 22 Community Gardens
- $10,000 -- Cradles to Crayons (Brighton), Ready-for-School backpack campaign
- $16,000 -- Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, Healthy Snack Program; educational event
- $10,000 – Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Support for mission-driven needed resources
The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation
Created in 1980, The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation supports Harvard Pilgrim's mission to improve the quality and value of health care for the people and communities we serve. The Harvard Pilgrim Foundation provides the tools, training and leadership to help build healthy communities throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.
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