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Over the Bridge
The Over the Bridge program provides nutritious meals to the elementary school children at the Harvard-Kent School located a short distance from the health center. Up to two times per month, NEW Health staff collaborate with local restaurants to provide a restaurant style meal for 40 students, grades 1-5 from the Harvard-Kent School. The goal of Over the Bridge is to provide students with a healthy lunch while a nutritionist from the health center gives a short lesson on the benefits of healthy eating and provides tips on food portion sizes and more. Students from the Eliot and St. John’s schools in the North End volunteer to help serve the food and participate in the healthy food discussion as part of their community service time. Local restaurants from the North End and Charlestown have partnered with NEW Health by donating the healthy lunches.
Fresh Produce Program
Partnering with Boston Public Market, NEW Health finances the delivery of 60 bags of fresh produce per month to students at the Harvard-Kent School in Charlestown and 20 bags to students at the Eliot School in the North End. The $700/month cost is almost completely staff-funded through several fundraising efforts throughout the year. Deliveries are made on Fridays as children are most vulnerable to hunger on weekends. On some occasions, such as Christmas vacation or other school breaks, NEW Health provides 100 bags of produce.
Rooftop Garden Program
In May of 2017, NEW Health began a rooftop garden at our 15 Tufts Street location. Students from the Harvard-Kent School and the Charlestown ABCD Head Start Program visit throughout the summer to learn about gardening, help grow the crops, and sample some of the fresh produce. Produce from the garden is also used in our monthly nutrition sessions, open to patients and community residents.
NEW Health hosts monthly meetings for community members to visit and take part in educational seminars hosted by our staff nutritionist. Our nutritionist teaches how to prepare simple, healthy, and affordable meals and session themes are planned for specific times of the year (garden fresh, healthy holidays). Participants are also educated on how to read labels and good tactics for shopping at grocery stores.
Throughout the duration of this pandemic NEW Health has been able to provide thousands of dollars in grocery store gift certificates to food insecure children attending the Harvard-Kent and Eliot Schools. Thousands more have been made available to provide to individuals being tested at our COVID-19 sites.