June 18, 2018
Harvard Pilgrim Foundation Gives $974K to 20 Nonprofits

February 4, 2017 — The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, based in Wellesley, this week announced that it awarded $974,445 to 20 Massachusetts nonprofits to support food initiatives that aid low-income families and communities, older adults, as well as mobile farmers’ markets.

“While we are supporting community growers and markets on the supply side, we are also helping programs that build consumer demand for healthy food,” said Karen Voci, president of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation.

The grants, awarded in 2016, were made to the following organizations:
  • Boston Area Gleaners, Waltham: $50,000 for its Distribution and Delivery Program

  • Boston Children’s Museum, Boston: $30,000 for Summer 2017 Healthy Food for Families program

  • Boston Public Market, Boston: $15,000 for Summer 2017 Healthy Food for Families program

  • Boys & Girls Clubs, Boston: $100,000 for its Farm-to-Family program

  • City Year, Boston: $25,000 for service activities at McKay K-8 School in East Boston; extended day programming support

  • Community Harvest Project, North Grafton: $39,000 for the Volunteer Farming Initiative; Farm-to-Health Center program

  • Cradles to Crayons, Brighton: $10,000 for the Ready-for-School backpack campaign

  • Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc., Lawrence: $25,000 for Healthy Eating for Active Living Training and Workshops

  • Gardening the Community, Springfield: $50,000 for expansion of Walnut St. garden; community involved in sustaining agriculture

  • Groundwork Lawrence, Lawrence: $50,000 the CSA program, youth-led urban agriculture program, cooking and nutrition classes

  • Grow Food Northampton, Northampton: $50,000 for Food Access Northampton; Giving Garden

  • Growing Places, Leominster: $50,000 for the Teaching Garden, Garden on the GO, cooking classes

  • Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, Agawam: $5,000 to support for farmer challenge grant program

  • Healthy Aging Grants, Statewide: $124,000 for community gardens and cooking and nutrition classes for older adults

  • Mass in Motion, New Bedford: $29,000 for the subsidized CSA program; cooking and nutrition training

  • Mill City Grows, Lowell: $60,000 for its Mobile Farmers Market

  • Nourishing the North Shore, Newburyport, Amesbury, Salisbury, Rowley, Newbury, West Newbury: $50,000 for garden and food delivery expansion initiatives, cooking and nutrition classes

  • Regional Environmental Council, Worcester: $60,500 for its Mobile Farmers’ Market

  • Worcester Public Library Foundation, Worcester: $14,000 for Tatnuck Magnet Elementary School; community garden and library

  • Urban Farming Institute of Boston, Roxbury: $5,000 to support a conference
In addition, the foundation’s awarded $7,000 to support Dimock Community Health’s hosting of the Health Equity Roundtable in Boston on transgender health care issues.

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