More than 40 health care facilities from across the New England, 19 farmers and food businesses, and dozens of community partners from food hubs to processors united through Nourished by New England, an innovative seasonal harvest program that connected health care food service with local food suppliers. Over the course of the two-year program, participating hospitals spent more than $5 million on local foods from serving healthy food to patrons and supporting from New England farmers and fishers.
Nourished by New England made it easy for health care to support our regional food system and local producers. Health care is an essential player in achieving the “50 by 60” goal established by Food Solutions New England to build our regional food system’s capacity to produce 50% of food eaten in New England by 2060. The best way to contribute is to buy and serve local, seasonal foods.
We invite you to hear stories of promising new farm-to-tray partnerships, learn from resources developed for health care facilities and food producers interested in selling to them, and discover the next evolution of initiatives that will continue to nourish New England.
Building off of our experience with the seasonal harvest program, Health Care Without Harm developed resources for organizations that are interested in doing something similar. With the end of Nourished by New England, Health Care Without Harm will no longer facilitate a seasonal harvest campaign, however, the marketing materials and recipes are still available.