Conference Presenting Sponsor:
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. Created in 1980, the Foundation provides the tools, training and leadership to help build healthy communities by supporting programs that provide access to fresh, healthy food; improve the health of communities impacted by health disparities; and support our employees as they invest their time and talents across the region. In 2016, the Foundation awarded nearly $2.5 million in grants to hundreds of nonprofit organizations in the region. Since its inception, the Foundation has granted more than $140 million in funds throughout the four states.
Harvard Pilgrim Healthy Food Fund
In 2016, more than $1.4 million in grants was distributed to the Foundation’s Healthy Food Fund initiatives within the region, with funds supporting programs that grow, distribute and/or market fresh food for low-income families and communities across the region. We expanded the fleet of mobile produce markets we are sponsoring in Hartford, CT; Worcester and Lowell, MA; Lewiston/Auburn, ME; and the seacoast of NH. These “Veggie Mobiles” are proving effective at overcoming barriers of availability and cost that prevent families from consuming recommended amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Another strategy is a grant program that is funding 20 organizations across the four states focused on increasing food production and distribution that help get fresh, healthy food to low- and moderate-income families. From farmers’ markets to food pantries to community gardens, there are a growing number of ways the Foundation is making fresh and often local food easier to find and buy.
To kick off the Healthy Food Fund in 2015, the Foundation awarded $220,747 in grants to 52 not-for-profit local community garden programs in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. The Foundation focused its first round of Healthy Food Fund grants on local garden and community farming programs to help increase capacity of community and teaching gardens and improve access to fresh, local food for low- and moderate-income families.
A special Thank You to 2016’s Presenting Sponsor:
The Farm Credit System supports rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services, today and tomorrow. Farm Credit’s mission is to help these areas grow and thrive by financing vital infrastructure and communication services, and providing farmers with the capital they need to make their businesses successful. And because a steady flow of credit means more jobs and economic growth, Farm Credit is also helping invest in the vibrancy of communities throughout rural America. www.farmcreditnetwork.com.