Our strategy for the Harvard Pilgrim Healthy Food Fund is to make fresh, and, as often as possible, local food easily accessible and affordable for more low- and middle-income families in our region.
We are inspired by not-for-profit organizations that have been created to expand access and affordability where commercial markets have not: farmers markets, community gardens, community supported agriculture, town and urban farms, co-ops, and food banks.
Our current grants support local fresh food non-profits and healthy cooking classes for youth throughout the region.
Grants and Initiatives
Over the next three years, we will create initiatives with, as well as provide grant support to, not-for-profit organizations that grow, distribute and/or market fresh food so that they can measurably expand their reach and/or affordability. We will do this in a limited number of communities where Harvard Pilgrim Health Care has offices or priority business interests.
Our first initiative is to expand our fleet of mobile produce markets – “Veggie Mobiles” - from two to five. These mobile markets are proving effective in overcoming barriers of availability and cost that prevent families from consuming recommended amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables.
In addition to our grants to nonprofit organizations, we are expanding our Harvard Pilgrim employee giving and community service activities to include options for supporting healthy food programs where our Harvard Pilgrim colleagues live or work.