Five days a week we deliver a nutritionally tailored lunch, dinner, and snack to critically ill individuals, their dependents and caregivers who are homebound with an acute, life-threatening illness in every Boston neighborhood and 19 surrounding cities and towns. Now in our 26th year, we will deliver over 560,000 meals, touch more than 1,850 lives, and cover a service area of 300 square miles.
Feeding the sick and hungry is our mission and we believe in the power of "food as medicine." When individuals are ill one of the first things to deteriorate is good nutrition, making recovery and stabilization difficult, if not impossible. Our critically ill clients and their families are among those who are at the highest levels of nutritional vulnerability. Through our nutrition program we stand with our clients as they confront the biggest crisis of their lives.
Human needs and human faces are the driving force behind our emergency feeding program and approach to specialized nutrition care. As an emergency feeding program, we provide the acutely ill with the calories and comprehensive nutrition they need to fight their diseases; and we provide their dependents and caregivers with nutrition they otherwise might not receive. Just as important, our meals show our clients and their families that their community has not forgotten them.
Early and ongoing access to nutrition care, including medically tailored meals, nutrition counseling and education, can help those affected by critical diseases live healthy and productive lives. Our nutrition program improves the health of 1,625 clients annually, reduces household food insecurity and helps clients stay out of hospitals and remain at-home.