Improving Food Access, Improving health
We know food insecurity affects health in profound ways, and that improved food access leads to improved health outcomes. That’s why we’ve teamed up with MassHealth’s flexible services program to specifically address hunger and patient health. We work with patients referred to us due to food insecurity and medically complex health issues. Over six to nine months, we help increase their long-term food security by providing access to food through a variety of goods and services ranging from grocery delivery to kitchen supplies and more.
to combat chronic food-insecurity
“I’ve had no working refrigerator for six years. I can’t cook, and I live on cold canned soup. I’m so grateful they are helping to improve my situation, starting with a new fridge and fixing my kitchen sink.”
MassHealth patient, Flexible Service Program
Referrals to our Health Care Partnerships program come from our Accountable Care Organization partners Community Care Cooperative, Boston Children's Hospital ACO and BMC Health Net. Collectively they send us referrals for clients from over 30 community health centers, physician offices and hospitals across the Commonwealth.
We provide individualized support to these food insecure patients with medically complex health issues by addressing social, environmental and economic factors that influence their ability to purchase, prepare and consume healthy foods.
Depending on need, members may receive: grocery store gift cards; transportation assistance; procurement of kitchen supplies and appliances; cooking classes; nutrition counseling; referrals for medically tailored meals; assistance connecting with federal nutrition assistance program like SNAP and WIC; and referrals to nearby food pantries.