October 8, 2019
October 8, 2019
In some areas of Hampshire County, 15% or greater of residents do not have reliable access to nutritious, affordable food, according to a recent report.
Cooley Dickinson wants to help. To do so, the health care system’s Healthy Communities Committee will award up to $25,000 in grants to area agencies whose mission it is to connect local residents with fresh, healthy, affordable food.
Grant applications will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 15. To learn more, or for agencies that want to apply online, click here to download a grant application.
“A healthy diet is fundamental to good health,” says Cooley Dickinson Chief Medical Officer and pediatrician Estevan Garcia, MD. “Our recent community health needs assessment indicates that in some areas of Hampshire County more than 15% of people are food insecure.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. Food insecurity can occur due to a person’s limited income; lack of reliable transportation or other reasons.
A total of $25,000 is available in grant funding; area non-profits may request up to $5,000 per agency and can apply for funding for up to three consecutive years.
The intent of the food systems grant is to enhance and support agencies whose job it is to bolster local food distribution systems and projects rather than actually supplying food to area residents.
Learn more about Cooley Dickinson’s Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and Implementation plan.