Charles H. Hall Foundation Awards $5,000 for Let’s Move Hampden County 5-2-1-0 Food Insecurity Initiative
Holyoke, MA (April 15, 2022). Holyoke Health Center has received a grant award for $5,000 for Let’s Move Hampden County 5-2-1-0: Removing Barriers to Food Insecurity in Holyoke from the Charles H. Hall Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. The funding will support the health center’s bilingual coach and resources at the Holyoke Farmer’s Market to engage low-income Hispanic residents and families in nutrition-related activities. The coach will serve as a bridge to both help residents understand and navigate the Farmers' Market and educate market-goers on nutrition, cooking with fresh fruits and vegetables, and incorporating physical activity for a healthier lifestyle.
“The Holyoke Farmer’s Market will open for the summer season in just a few weeks,” said Dr. Vinny Biggs, Physician at Holyoke Health Center and director of Let’s Move Hampden County 5-2-1-0. “Holyoke is a “food desert” and there are very few opportunities for residents to purchase fresh produce. This generous grant from the Charles H. Hall Foundation positions LMHC 5-2-1-0 to help alleviate food insecurity with nutrition education, cooking demonstrations, and subsidized access to nutritious food.”
The Holyoke Farmer’s Market is a collaboration between the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce and the Holyoke Food and Equity Collective to increase food access and spread awareness of food insecurity in Holyoke, MA. The market will be held every Saturday from 11am-3pm from May 22 - October 16 and is located on Race Street, between Dwight St. and Appleton St.
Serving Holyoke, Chicopee, and Westfield MA, Holyoke Health Center has been providing community-based, low cost medical, dental, and pharmaceutical services in both English and Spanish for over 50 years. Let’s Move Hampden County 5-2-1-0 is a coalition of government and community-based organizations working throughout the county to tackle childhood obesity and advocate for healthy lifestyle choices. The partners include: Mass in Motion, the City of Holyoke, Nuestras Raices, Nueva Esperanza, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, Holyoke Public Schools, Holyoke Medical Center, WIC, Valley Opportunity Council, Enlace de Familias, Project Bread, Springfield Food Policy, UMass Amherst, UMass Extension, Greater Holyoke YMCA, Sodexo, CISA, One Holyoke, and the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce.