The Foundation awarded the $2.5 million across 300 communities in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. $1.4 million of that sum was granted to aid the Foundation’s Healthy Food Fund initiative, which aims to expand the reach and affordability of fresh food for low-income families and communities across the Northeast. In addition, another $610,000 was gifted to 771 organizations through the Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grants program that allows each Harvard Pilgrim Health Care employee to choose a charity to grant $500 to from the Foundation.
In speaking on the impact of the Healthy Food Fund initiative, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation President Karen Voci said, “Through cooking classes, nutrition and shopping education, as well as coupons that double a family’s purchasing power, we can continue to increase customers’ demand for the food grown right here in New England. That’s great for our health, for our environment, and for our economy.”
The New England Council thanks Harvard Pilgrim for its dedication to helping families across the Northeast lead healthier lives. Read more in Harvard Pilgrim’s press release.