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Hannaford gives $350,000 to Mine Health to support the Food as Medicine program

Hannaford Supermarkets and the Hannaford Charitable Foundation donated $350,000 to MaineHealth on Tuesday 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 with chronic health conditions.

The donation is a component of a total commitment of $1.5 million from Hannaford to support healthy meal programs in New England and New York through its new “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 critical to ensuring the vitality of our communities,” said Peter Forster, Chairman of the Board of Hannaford Charitable Foundation, who is also the senior vice president of marketing for grocery retail. “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 Food as Medicine in the Franklin Community Health Network, 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 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 started in June.

“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,” said Dora Anne Mills, MD, MPH, Chief Health Improvement Officer for 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.

The Eat Well, Be Good – A Path to Better Health initiative recognizes the important role of fresh, healthy foods in an individual’s overall well-being. Located at the crossroads of nutrition and healthcare, the concept commonly referred to as “food as medicine” 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,” said LeeAnna Lavoie, director of the Healthy Community 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.

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