Few partners are more vital to our work addressing the harmful effects of hunger on health than our healthcare center partners.
The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) operates eight healthcare center Mobile Markets across Eastern Massachusetts. At each monthly market, people take home up to 30 pounds of free, fresh produce.
At Cambridge Health Alliance in Revere, over 450 people were served at the first market in March 2018 and it has grown steadily since then. Last November, the market reached more than 1,000 people.
“Each month we see our participants returning, often bringing other friends and neighbors who can benefit from the fresh fruits and vegetables,” said Jean Granick, program manager at CHA Revere. “I think about children who are hungry in school and how this impacts their ability to learn and concentrate.”
Early last year, the Attorney General’s Office grant funded a study on the long-term effects on participants at the CHA Revere Mobile Market, such as how the free, fresh produce and nutrition coaching affect food expenditures; fruit and vegetable consumption; and our true impact on health and hunger.
“Overall health and well-being requires adequate nutrition,” Jean said. “Without good food choices and proper meals, the ability to focus or manage day-to-day is greatly impacted.”