NEW Health Continues Support of Food Insecure Children

New Health would like to remind the community they are working daily to ensure to meet the needs of patients and the community. If anyone is experiencing a cough, fever or other flu-like symptoms please contact a primary care physician by phone. Please DO NOT come to the clinic without calling ahead of time. The main concern remains caring for patients and providing them the support they need while limiting the risk of transmission.

It has become increasingly important for NEW Health to support the community they are a part of. Since September 2016, NEW Health has been addressing the issue of food insecurity for children in the Charlestown and North End communities. Due to the lack of convenient access and/or ability to afford healthy nutritious food, many people are unable to provide their families with a balanced diet. Monthly, NEW Health raises the money through staff fundraisers to deliver 60 bags of fresh produce to the Harvard-Kent School and 20 bags to the Eliot School. 

Due to the emergency orders to cease physical classes many children are left without their main, and in some instances, their only source of meals.

NEW Health is currently working with Eliot Principal Traci Walker-Griffith and Harvard-Kent Principal Jason Gallagher to provide students and their families with gift cards to local grocery stores. These gift cards will allow families to purchase the fresh produce essential to their healthy diets.

Given the difficult circumstances and lack of school meals, NEW Health will be increasing the frequency of its food insecurity donations to at least twice a month.

“We would like to invite the surrounding community to support our fight against food insecurity,” they said. “With your donations, you’d be helping provide the much-needed nutrition to children who otherwise wouldn’t receive it.”

Anyone who would like to support NEW Health’s efforts to ease the burden of food insecurity for children, please contact Mary Wright at 617-643-8064 or Luisa Siniscalchi at 857-238-1176.

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