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

New Health, a local health center affiliated with Mass General Hospital and Boston Medical Center, is taking a holistic approach to food insecurity by bringing fruits and vegetables directly to patients in need. This initiative was started when the growing need for food assistance became more evident to the center.

“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,” said Dan Coakley, public affairs coordinator for New Health. The center purchases bags of fresh fruits and vegetables on a monthly basis to distribute to patients who have been notified in advance. These bags usually include bananas, apples, oranges, avocados, asparagus, onions and potatoes.

Coakley explained that each bag goes a long way as patients have said they help many people. For example, one patient in the North End shared the produce with 10-15 people every time they received a bag of produce. Once the patients on the list have received their food, any leftover produce is placed in a community refrigerator so anyone in need can have it.

Patient Carmen Tirado expressed her gratitude for this resource saying “A lot of people in our community do need all of this help. So it’s really great to have this to help those with the need.” Coakley added that New Health wants to continue providing this resource to everyone as they believe it makes a huge difference in people’s lives.

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