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The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

Hunger-Free & Healthy

Hunger-Free & Healthy$1,557,443
 
Hunger-Free & Healthy - Implementation, Year 4 (2012)$109,465
Hunger-Free & Healthy - Implementation, Year 3 (2011)$259,894
Hunger-Free & Healthy - Implementation, Year 2 (2010)$354,375
Hunger-Free & Healthy - Implementation, Year 1 (2009)$385,762
Hunger-Free & Healthy - Pilot (2008)$332,265
Hunger-Free & Healthy - Planning Grant (2007)$115,682
 
Year:2012Amount: $109,465
Title:Hunger-Free & Healthy - Implementation, Year 4
Recipient:Worcester County Food Bank
Hunger-Free & Healthy (HFH) will continue its efforts to sustain various elements of the project as Foundation funding concludes in 2012.  The Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB) anticipates supporting the SNAP Outreach Worker with help from Project Bread which will receive federal reimbursement from the USDA for this outreach effort. 

The Regional Environment Council (REC) has secured funding for an Americorps VISTA position to run the school gardens program and work has been done to incorporate the gardens into the curriculum at various grade levels.  REC is working to develop a sustainable business model for the Farmer's Markets in Main South and Great Brook Valley and is also partnering with Cooking Matters to continue to offer classes on nutrition and health eating. 

The HFH advocacy efforts are continuing ont he federal Farm Bill reauthorization, the implementation of the state's school nutrition guidelines, the Act Fresh Campaign sponsored by the Massachusetts Public Health Association and the local school wellness policy.

Project Co-Directors: Ms. Jean McMurray
Mr. Dennis Irish
Fiscal Agent: Worcester County Food Bank
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Year:2011Amount: $259,894
Title:Hunger-Free & Healthy - Implementation, Year 3
Recipient:Worcester County Food Bank
Hunger-Free & Healthy (HFH) is focused on sustaining various elements of their work that have been successful in addressing food insecurity locally. HFH continues to work with Project Bread, the Worcester County Food Bank and the MA Department of Transitional Assistance to increase SNAP (food stamp) enrollment through the work of an outreach worker who visits various food pantries and other social service locations throughout the city. HFH also continues to work with the Worcester Public Schools to improve the nutritional quality of the meals offered in the schools. The Regional Environmental Council (REC) is working with HFH to operate two Farmers' Markets – in Main South and Great Brook Valley; to continue to oversee the Worcester Educational Garden and expand some of the existing school/community gardens; and REC has become the local partner with Cooking Matters (formerly Operation Frontline) in offering cooking/nutrition classes. HFH advocacy efforts played a role in the passage of both the School Nutrition Bill and a bill creating a statewide Food Policy Council in 2010. Effort will continue to focus on the implementation of the Food Policy Council as well as some local initiatives.
 
Project Co-Directors: Ms. Jean McMurray
Mr. Dennis Irish
Fiscal Agent: Worcester County Food Bank
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Year:2010Amount: $354,375
Title:Hunger-Free & Healthy - Implementation, Year 2
Recipient:Worcester County Food Bank
For the second year of implementation, Hunger-Free & Healthy (HFH) will focus on continued efforts to increase SNAP (food stamp) enrollment through the efforts of an outreach worker who visits various food pantries and other social service locations throughout the city. HFH will also continue to work with the Worcester Public Schools to improve the nutritional quality of the meals offered in the schools; with Operation Frontline to offer cooking/nutrition classes and with the Regional Environmental Council to operate the Farmers' Market that they started in Main South, the Worcester Educational Garden and to expand some of the existing school/community gardens. HFH will work with the Great Brook Valley Health Center, the Worcester Housing Authority and the owner of two neighborhood corner stores to improve awareness of and access to more nutritional foods in the neighborhood. This may offer a model that could be replicated in other locations. HFH advocacy efforts will continue to focus on the creation of a statewide Food Policy Council, improvements in the food stamp program and the improved nutritional quality of school meals.

Project Co-Directors: Ms. Jean McMurray
Mr. Dennis Irish
Fiscal Agent: Worcester County Food Bank
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Year:2009Amount: $385,762
Title:Hunger-Free & Healthy - Implementation, Year 1
Recipient:Worcester County Food Bank
The Worcester Food Advisory Council will focus their implementation efforts on increasing public and government support for programs to reduce hunger and increase access to more nutritious foods. Specific strategies include: working to increase access to food stamps by training outreach workers at local hospitals; health centers and the Worcester Housing Authority; advocacy for improvements to the food stamp program; increasing participation in the free breakfast program in the Worcester Public Schools; improving the nutritious quality of the meals served in the WPS; working with local corner stores to improve the availabilty of affordable produce and healthy foods; offering cooking/nutrition classes; expanding the farmers' market in Main South and offering gardening education classes. New partners in this project include the Mass. Law Reform Institute, the Massachusetts Public Health Association, Share Our Strength--Operation Frontline, and the Urban Farmers Agriculture Academy.

Project Co-Directors: Ms. Jean McMurray
Mr. Dennis Irish
Fiscal Agent: Worcester County Food Bank
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Year:2008Amount: $332,265
Title:Hunger-Free & Healthy - Pilot
Recipient:Worcester County Food Bank
The Worcester Advisory Food Policy Council (WAFPC) will pilot a project in two defined neighborhoods to help decrease hunger and food insecurity.  This project will target two groups.  It will include up to 50 participants in one group who will be eligible for:  enrollment in two (of seven) skill-building classes (GED, ESOL, Success Skills, Personal Economics, Money Smart, Eating Right, From Seed to Table); Food Stamp Program application assistance; health care plan enrollment assistance; health/hunger screenings; receiving fresh organic produce for 20 weeks in the summer/fall; and case management.  The second group of participants (250-500) will be eligible for enrollment in one of the skill building classes (space permitting); Food Stamp Program application assistance; health care plan enrollment assistance; and health/hunger screenings.

Project Directors:  Mr. Dennis Irish
Ms. Jean McMurray
Fiscal Agent: Worcester County Food Bank
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Year:2007Amount: $115,682
Title:Hunger-Free & Healthy - Planning Grant
Recipient:Worcester County Food Bank
The Worcester Food Advisory Council is beginning a project to reduce hunger in Worcester County.  The objectives for this planning grant are to identify and engage their community partners; to create a plan for a pilot project, including measurable objectives and outcomes; to identify other resources that may be needed to address this issue; and ultimately to create the systemic changes necessary to sustain a hunger-free community.  The Council is proposing to begin by targeting households in the lowest income neighborhoods in Worcester.  They will first identify children who are malnourished, or overweight and reach out to the households they live in by engaging the broad network of health care and social service organizations that serve these children.

Project Directors:  Mr. Dennis Irish
Ms. Jean McMurray  
Fiscal Agent: Worcester County Food Bank
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