On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) was honored to host the Attorney General Maura Healey’s office at our facility to announce $3 million in grants to unique partnerships that are addressing the social determinants of health or the conditions in which people are born, live, learn, work, play and age that impact a wide range of health outcomes. Most of what keeps people healthy are circumstances outside of medical care – insufficient or poor-quality food, housing, utilities, employment and education.
GBFB was part of one of the 13 partnerships to be awarded a $250,000 grant along with the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), Good Measures and Tufts Health Plan. The grant will be used to evaluate the impact of improving access to healthy produce and the effects of local-residents’ health at the monthly Mobile Market in Revere at the Cambridge Health Alliance. Read the full press release here.
“As a state and as a country, we continue to spend most of our health care dollars treating people who are already sick, rather than investing to keep people healthy. These grants will support new partnerships to improve nutrition, housing, and other social determinants to protect the health of every Massachusetts resident.” – AG Healey
“The Greater Boston Food Bank applauds Attorney General Maura Healey for her vision and commitment to address the social determinants of health through cross-sector partnerships. At GBFB, we know that ending hunger will require more than access to healthy food. We are honored to partner with Cambridge Health Alliance-Revere, Good Measures, the Institute for Community Health and Tufts Health Plan to find new and innovative ways to address the scourge of hunger and food insecurity and are grateful to the Attorney General’s office for providing critical resources to make this ground-breaking work possible.” – Catherine D’Amato, President and CEO of GBFB.
One in 10 people in Massachusetts struggles with food insecurity, meaning that they are without access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, healthy food.