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

Fresh Fruit and Veggie Delivery Boosts Holistic Care for Boston Health Center Patients

Boston Health Center is taking a unique approach to food insecurity by delivering fresh fruits and vegetables directly to patients in need. The initiative was started to provide an alternative for those who are unable to access healthy foods due to financial or geographical barriers.

The program at New Health, affiliated with Mass General Hospital and Boston Medical Center, is designed to provide holistic care that takes the individual’s specific needs into account. According to Dan Coakley, public affairs coordinator for New Health, “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.”

On a recent day when WBZ-TV cameras visited, New Health was distributing bags of fresh produce at their location in Charlestown. Each bag contains bananas, apples, oranges, avocados and other superfoods. The program aims to provide a variety of vegetables so patients can have a balanced diet. Coakley said “So this month we were fortunate enough to have asparagus, onions and potatoes as well.”

Once the patients on the list have received their produce, any leftover food goes into the community refrigerator so anyone in need can have it. According to patient Carmen Tirado “A lot of people in our community do need all of this help.” Coakley added “The gratitude we get is tremendous and we just want to make sure we keep providing this resource to everyone.”

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