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The MetroWest Health Foundation announced the award of its first Think Big - Change Lives Grant to Daniel’s Table, a Framingham-based nonprofit organization that seeks to solve hunger in the town. The two-year $157,062 grant will enable Daniel’s Table to significantly ramp up its program to provide meals across Framingham.
The foundation kicked-off its Big - Change Lives initiative last fall. The initiative challenged local non-profit and municipal agencies to pitch their “big idea” on how to improve the health of the MetroWest region. Of the 27 organizations that responded, the foundation’s board of trustees chose to fund Daniel’s Table.
“The Board was struck by the leadership and dedication of Daniel’s Table’s co-founders David and Alicia Blais and their passion to work to alleviate hunger in Framingham. They have a strong social enterprise model that will help sustain this work beyond grant funding,” said Martin Cohen, President and CEO of the MetroWest Health Foundation.
The grant will fund expansion of Daniel’s Table meal deliveries in multiple South Framingham neighborhoods; expand access to emergency frozen meals prepared in their new commercial kitchen on Pearl Street in Framingham; add additional schools to the weekend meal bag program done in collaboration with the Framingham Public Schools; and improve communication between emergency food providers through an interactive calendar detailing community meal programs and food pantry hours.
“Three years ago, we had a crazy idea about ending hunger in Framingham. The grant will allow us to take a major leap toward realizing that goal. Having the MetroWest Health Foundation put its trust and invest money in Daniel's Table's vision is a testament to the work we have done and to shows their support for the work we continue to do. This grant will allow us to put the needed people and equipment in place as we prepare our organization for explosive growth. Together we can become the first city or town in the USA to end hunger, and through doing so, move other cities and towns toward creating their own programs,” said David Blais of Daniel’s Table.
The MetroWest Health Foundation today announced that its grants panels and trustees have approved 26 new grants totaling $873,726. These grants follow the foundation’s new strategic plan and focus primarily on access to care, adolescent mental health and healthy aging.
Organizations receiving grants are:
A Place to Turn $15,000
Capacity building support – food pantry.
Advocates, Inc. $66,367
To improve access to psychiatric services.
Assabet Valley Regional Technical School $20,000
To upgrade a patient simulator used in nursing education.
BayPath Elder Services $17,875
To support chronic disease management programs for older adults.
Brazilian American Center $50,070
To facilitate access to preventative mental health services.
Facing Cancer Together $4,900
To develop a cancer support group for Portuguese speakers.
Framingham Board of Health $40,000
To launch an Age/Dementia Friendly Initiative in Framingham.
Framingham Public Library $18,300
To offer senior exercise and health/nutrition classes.
HESSCO Elder Services $13,586
To decrease social isolation among LGBT elders.
Home Care Aide Foundation $40,000
To address social isolation among elders.
Hoops & Homework, Inc. $10,500
Capacity building support – staff training.
To offer respite care for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Hudson Public Schools $17,850
To offer a transition program for students reentering school after an
extended absence due to psychiatric or medical reasons.
Latino Health Insurance Program, Inc. $44,429
To support the use of patient navigators for insurance enrollment and
connection to primary care.
Medfield Council on Aging $22,987
To expand health & wellness services.
Medway Public Schools $9,999
To develop best practice models in the administration of SBIRT.
MetroWest Free Medical Program $45,898
To expand the use of volunteer and staff capacity.
MetroWest Regional Transit Authority $16,110
To equip paratransit vehicles with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).
Natick Public Schools $24,630
To support social work services for at-risk students and their families.
Natick Service Council $15,000
Capacity building support – food pantry.
Natick Visiting Nurse Association $273,778
To provide prescription drug assistance to the uninsured and underinsured.
Needham Youth & Family Services $20,000
To conduct Mental Health First Aid training.
Pelham Apartments Resident Services $5,400
To offer wellness programs for youth.
Trustees of Boston University $19,999
To design questions for the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey to
assess mental health service utilization.
Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, Inc. $17,405
To provide behavioral health support services at Framingham’s Wilson
Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, Inc. $13,641
To translate Parenting for Prevention tip sheets into Portuguese, Spanish
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