We're excited our HEAL community, Lakes Region HEAL through the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health, Inc. in Laconia was awarded $50,000 to create a pop-up farmer's market!

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation has awarded $970,000 in new Healthy Food Fund grants to 20 major not-for-profit partners in the region focused on increasing access to fresh, healthy food for families and communities. 

These grants were a year in the making and will represent a big part of the Foundation’s work over the coming three years. The Foundation collaborated with leaders and philanthropies across the region to determine the best geographic locations and types of organizations to fund. This new funding will test strategies in increasing fresh food access to low- and moderate-income families across the New England region. 

This past spring, Harvard Pilgrim awarded its first round of Healthy Food Fund grants totaling $220,000 to local garden and community farming programs. Harvard Pilgrim Foundation has also awarded $200,000 in Healthy Food Fund grants to support mobile farmer’s markets in Worcester and Lowell, Mass., Hartford, Conn., and Lewiston/Auburn, Maine. A fifth mobile market is expected to be operational in Manchester, N.H., in 2016.

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for a list of the projects throughout the region.


2015 Healthy Food Fund Grant Recipients:  New Hampshire – Total Amount $113,865  

Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health, Inc., Laconia:  $50,000
    • To create a pop-up farmer’s market, a mobile food cart for cooking demonstrations and taste testing, construction of community gardens and development of educational resources to help increase access to and consumption of healthy foods for low-income families.  
    Tamworth Community Nurse Association:  $28,175
    • For expansion of the Tamworth Farmers’ Market and to hire a SNAP coordinator to help with transportation for local residents in need.  
    Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN), Berlin:  $35,690
      • To support the Berlin Farmers’ Market Grow Healthy initiative, engaging new vendors and providing more opportunities for community members to obtain fresh local food. An outdoor teaching kitchen will be constructed at the market for cooking lessons and samples.

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