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

A new program in Boston is tackling food insecurity by bringing fruits and vegetables directly to patients at New Health, which is affiliated with Mass General Hospital and Boston Medical Center. The goal of the local health center is to provide a holistic care approach that supports the individual’s needs.

“This initiative started when we recognized the growing need for food security in our community,” said Dan Coakley, public affairs coordinator for New Health. “We wanted to come up with an alternative way to give back and make a difference.”

On a recent day, WBZ-TV cameras captured the New Health location in Charlestown distributing bags of fresh produce to patients who had been notified in advance. The produce included bananas, apples, oranges, avocados, asparagus, onions and potatoes. Each bag goes a long way and helps many people in need.

“Patients have expressed their gratitude for this resource,” said Carmen Tirado, a patient at New Health. “It’s really great to see how this program has helped those who need it most.”

Coakley added that the leftover produce from the distribution goes into the community refrigerator so anyone who needs it can have it. “We want to make sure that everyone has access to healthy foods,” he said. “This initiative is just one way we are working towards a more equitable community.”

By Samantha Jones

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