Fallon Health now accepting applications for hunger relief grants

Worcester, Mass., October 29, 2015 ― Fallon Health, a not-for-profit health care services organization, announced today that it will award more than $167,000 in grants to support community-based programs aimed at providing hunger relief.

Fallon’s longtime commitment to fighting hunger includes employee-led food drives and building and supporting food pantries in several public schools. Its signature event for raising funds and awareness, however, is its annual Golf & Gather FORE a Cause event, now in its tenth year. This September, in partnership with 78 community and business partners, Fallon raised $167,000 in net proceeds at its golf event. These funds are now available to hunger relief organizations throughout Massachusetts.

“All that we do at Fallon is guided by our mission of making our communities healthy. There’s nothing more fundamental to our mission than providing our most vulnerable populations with access to food which is a foundation to their overall health and well-being,” said Richard Burke, Interim President and CEO of Fallon Health. “Hunger relief is an initiative that is critically important to the health and well-being of our community. As a health plan and a provider of care, Fallon recognizes that good nutrition can go a long way toward preventing chronic conditions. Plus, joining in the fight against hunger is the right thing to do.”

Grants will be awarded to hunger relief organizations that serve the targeted populations across our entire service area throughout Massachusetts with a particular focus on the following counties: Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Essex, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth and Worcester.

New this year: Fallon has moved its hunger relief program online. All organizations in need of funds should submit an online request for support.

“Our goal is to have a greater impact with these resources,” said Kimberly Salmon, Director of Community Relations for Fallon Health. “Fallon is looking to support new innovative programming like community gardens, school pantries, mobile farmers markets and other efforts that go beyond the traditional resources. We will also continue to support pantries that provide a tremendous service to our at-risk and underserved communities.”

For more information, or to access the 2015 application, visit our website at fallonhealth.org/community. The deadline to request funding for hunger relief is Monday, November 23 at 5 p.m.      

Carrie Wattu

About Fallon Health
Founded in 1977, Fallon Health is a leading health care services organization that supports the diverse and changing needs of those we serve. In addition to offering innovative health insurance solutions and a variety of Medicaid and Medicare products, we excel in creating unique health care programs and services that provide coordinated, integrated care for seniors and individuals with complex health needs. Fallon has consistently ranked among the nation’s top health plans, and is accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for its HMO, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid products. For more information, visit www.fallonhealth.org.