Many organizations and initiatives are leading collaborative efforts to transform New Hampshire’s food system and increase access to healthy, affordable foods for residents. The HEAL Home at the Foundation for Healthy Communities partners with these organizations and initiatives to align Healthy People Healthy Places (HPHP) Plan healthy food access and promotion strategies and connect HEAL community coalitions to the work.
NH residents will have equitable access to high quality, healthy food.
Healthy Food Access and Promotion Objectives
HPHP Plan Objectives #3 and #4
- All NH communities will have affordable, healthy food options within a reasonable distance.
- NH institutions and businesses will provide & promote healthy food and beverage options.
Healthy Food Partners
Since 2012, HEAL and HCWH have co-convened the NH Healthy Food in Health Care Workgroup, a learning collaborative focused on the implementation of innovative healthy food and beverage strategies in hospitals. The HFHC program also helps to coordinate the Healthier Food Challenge of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI), a national sustainability initiative for the healthcare sector.
The NH Food Alliance (NHFA) envisions a food system that works for all in New Hampshire: people, businesses, communities, and the environment. HEAL serves on the NHFA Process and Strategy Teams and is interested in supporting the NHFA’s Farm, Fish and Food Enterprise Viability Strategy through making local, healthy food more accessible to all.
The NH Farm to School Program (NHFTS) Program enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and preschools. HEAL is a NHFTS consortium member and partner helping to transform the culture of how kids, schools, and communities think about food and the relationships of schools and businesses, of classrooms and cafeterias, of students and communities.
Led by the NH Food Bank and established in 2013, the NH Nutrition Incentives Benefits Network (NHNIBN) is a collaboration of farmers markets with the goal to increase affordable access to locally grown food. The markets provide customers with a monetary incentive, called Granite State Market Match, which doubles the value of Food Stamp benefits. HEAL provided input on the development of the NHNIBN and works to connect the farmers markets with HEAL community coalitions.
HEAL is a NH Hunger Solutions coalition member, which is led by NH Kids Count. NH Hunger Solutions is a diverse coalition of anti-hunger and child advocates, businesses and community leaders working to eradicate childhood hunger in NH to ensure that every child has three nutritious meals every day. Major initiatives include the NH School Breakfast Challenge http://nhkidscount.org/congratulations and Afterschool and Summer Meals http://nhkidscount.org/afterschool-and-summer-meals.