We are excited to announce that Community Harvest Project has recently been awarded a Healthy Food Fund grant from The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. The Foundation awards these grants annually to 25 not-for-profit community food access initiatives that grow, glean or distribute fresh produce to low-income families and older adults in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Grant awards are renewable for two additional years. Harvard Pilgrim has distributed these grants since the initiative was launched in 2016 and now has given out over $4.6 million dollars of Healthy Food Fund grants since the program was launched.
Created in 1980, The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation supports Harvard Pilgrim’s mission to improve the quality and value of health care for the people and communities they serve. The Harvard Pilgrim Foundation provides the tools, training and leadership to help build healthy communities throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Since its inception in 1980, the Foundation has awarded $150 million in funds and resources throughout the four states.
“Our goal for this next phase of the Harvard Pilgrim Healthy Food Fund is to mobilize the energy of local community members and corporate volunteers to grow, glean and provide more free, fresh produce for low-income families across New England, creating a movement of ‘neighbors feeding neighbors’,” said Karen Voci, President of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. “Helping families eat in healthier ways, and encouraging support for food system improvements, we believe will lead to healthier people and healthier communities.”
Kat Edwards, Executive Director at CHP said, ”Community Harvest is so pleased to be recognized for this grant and will steward it well! The goals of both organizations and commitment of Harvard Pilgrim only point to the fact that this is such an important issue in our local communities. We are proud to be a part of their team in working towards to solutions to food insecurity in Massachusetts.”