May 19, 2024 11:49 pm
Health Center in Boston Providing Direct Delivery of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables to Patients in Need

Boston Health Center Brings Fruits and Vegetables Directly to Patients in Need

In response to the growing need for food security, New Health, a local health center affiliated with Mass General Hospital and Boston Medical Center, has started an initiative that brings fresh fruits and vegetables directly to patients. This is part of their holistic approach to care that takes into account the individual needs of each patient. “We wanted to provide an alternative way to give food directly to patients,” said Dan Coakley, public affairs coordinator for New Health. “This initiative started when we realized that there was a significant need for food security in our community.”

On a recent day when WBZ-TV cameras visited, the New Health location in Charlestown was distributing bags of fresh produce to patients. Each month, New Health purchases bags of fruits and vegetables and hands them out to patients who have been notified in advance. The produce includes items such as bananas, apples, oranges, avocados, asparagus, onions, and potatoes. Coakley explained that they aim for a variety of items that are considered superfoods. “We want to make sure we’re providing nutritious options for our patients,” he said.

Once the patients on the list have received their produce, any leftovers go into the community refrigerator so that anyone in need can have it. “A lot of people in our community do need all this help,” said patient Carmen Tirado. “The gratitude we get is tremendous, and we just want to make sure we keep providing this resource to everyone.” Coakley added that they plan on continuing this initiative and expanding it in the future. He hopes that other healthcare providers will follow suit and start similar programs to help those in need.

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