Hannaford donates $350,000 to MaineHealth in support of Food As Medicine

Hannaford donates $350,000 to MaineHealth in support of Food As Medicine

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Caitlin Courtelio
Director of External Communications, Hannaford Supermarkets

Farmington, Middle East – Hanaford Stores and the Hannaford Charitable Foundation today announced a $350,000 donation to Mine Health to support its Nutrition and Medicine program, which prioritizes healthy, fresh and nutritious foods as part of a comprehensive health care plan for under-resourced individuals and families. They suffer from chronic health conditions.

The donation is a component of a total $1.5 million commitment from Hannaford to support healthy meal programs in New England and New York through its new program “Eat well, be good – a path to better health” Initiative. The program highlights the importance of nutritious food in maintaining the long-term wellness of food-insecure individuals with a history of chronic diseases.

“At Hannaford, we have always believed that healthy, fresh food is a critical component to ensuring the vitality of our communities,” he said. Hannaford Foundation Chairman Peter Forster, who also serves as the senior vice president of marketing for retail grocery stores. “Healthy meal programs break down the barriers that many individuals face in regularly getting the healthy and nutritious meals their bodies and minds need. We look forward to seeing these programs grow and become an integral part of individual-centered care in the years to come.”

A $350,000 donation to Mine Health will support the provision of the Food as Medicine program at the Franklin Community Health Network (FCHN), which includes Franklin Memorial Hospital, in Farmington. Facilitated by the Greater Franklin County Community Health Alliance, Division of FCHN, the one-year pilot program serves Franklin County individuals with one or more chronic health conditions who have limited access to healthy food and a MaineHealth primary care provider.

The announcement was made today at the MaineHealth Food Pantry in Franklin, which provides program participants with access to free healthy food primarily sourced from the Good Shepherd Food Bank. Participants also get access to peer support, goal setting, healthy cooking lessons, recipes, and menu planning with a health tutor. Participants are referred to the program by healthcare providers. The program was launched in June 2022.

“We are thrilled to partner with Hannaford and members of our communities to use food as a tool to improve health, just as we do with medicine,” he said. Dora Anne Mills, MD, MPH, Chief Health Improvement Officer, MaineHealth. “This partnership exemplifies our vision at MaineHealth to work together so that our communities are the healthiest in America.”

In addition, the funding will support a healthy meal delivery program for Mainers who have recently been discharged from hospital with certain heart disease diagnoses under the direction of Dr. Milan Cohen. The program, which delivers heart-healthy meals directly to one’s home, allows patients to focus on their recovery while providing nutrient-rich dishes tailored to their specific needs.

Hannaford all well.  be good  A path to better health.The “Eat Well, Be Good – A Path to Better Health“The initiative recognizes the importance of the role of healthy, fresh foods in an individual’s overall well-being. At the crossroads of nutrition and healthcare, the concept is commonly referred to as “food as medicine“It focuses on prioritizing a fresh, nutrient-rich diet as a critical component of a comprehensive treatment plan for chronic health conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease.

Studies have demonstrated that a medically designed nutritional intervention can speed treatment and recovery for patients with chronic health conditions, while lowering healthcare costs by reducing hospitalization and use. Data collected through Hannaford-funded projects will be used to help create sustainable funding streams for healthy meal programs within each partner organization.

“What we eat is important. When access to healthy food is limited or non-existent, it can mean the difference between a good quality of life or losing a battle with a chronic disease. What we put into our bodies fuels our health outcomes.” LeeAnna Lavoie, MPH, Director, Community Health Alliance. “We are very fortunate to receive this funding to develop a program for our patients, providing them with access to these foods, while supporting them through behavior change and lifelong skills building.”

The All Well, Be Good – Pathway to Better Health initiative demonstrates Hannaford’s long-standing commitment to supporting organizations and programs that keep their communities healthy and prosperous. In 2021, Hannaford donated 25 million pounds of food to local hunger relief organizations. In 2019, Hannaford introduced the “Fuel Kids at School” program with a $1 million commitment to create 90 food pantries at schools across the Northeast.

  • To find out about the B-roll and SOT related to today’s announcement, please visit: https://bit.ly/3BsdhdC
  • To learn more about the overall impact of the Hannaford Initiative “Eat Well, Be Good – A Path to Better Health,” watch the video at https://vimeo.com/747421422.
  • For more information about Hannaford community efforts and charitable giving initiatives, visit Hannaford.com/HannafordHelps.


About Hannaford Supermarkets
Hannaford Supermarkets operates 184 stores in the Northeast, most of which feature full-service drugstores. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Everyone is committed to providing great fresh food, convenient experiences, and daily low prices. Hannaford is also an active and committed community partner – focused on fighting hunger, supporting youth development, and helping people live healthier lives. Hannaford is a leader in sustainability with a strong commitment to reducing waste and protecting the environment. Hannaford diverts or donates all food at risk of being wasted – no food being sent to landfills. In 2020, Hannaford donated more than 25 million pounds of food to hunger relief organizations and prevented 65 million pounds of food waste from reaching landfills. Hannaford has approximately 30,000 employees and is headquartered in Scarborough, Maine. Additional information can be found at

About Mine Health
MaineHealth is a not-for-profit integrated health system whose vision is to “work together so that our communities are the healthiest in America”. It consists of nine local health systems, a comprehensive behavioral healthcare network, diagnostic services, home health agencies, and 1,700 service providers that work together through the MaineHealth Medical Group. With approximately 22,000 employees, MaineHealth provides preventive care, diagnosis, and treatment to 1.1 million residents of Maine and New Hampshire. They include Franklin Memorial Hospital/Franklin Community Health Network in Farmington, Lincoln Health in Damariscotta and Port Boothbay, Behavioral Health Care in Maine in South Portland, Maine Healthcare at Home in Saco, Maine Medical Center in Portland, and Memorial Hospital in North Conway, NE Hampshire, Central Coast – Parkview Health in Brunswick, Nord DX in Scarborough, Penn Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital in Rockport and Belfast, Southern Maine Healthcare in Bedford and Sanford, Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook and Stevens Memorial Hospital/Western Maine Healthcare in Norway. MaineHealth affiliates include Maine Health in Augusta and Waterville, New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Portland and Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. She is also an important stakeholder in the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization in Portland.

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