- Written by Carol Foote, Development Director
- Published: 22 July 2018
Health New England recently awarded LifePath a Community Benefits Mini Grant to support our Meals on Wheels program this year. In their role as a non-profit health plan that has served members in Massachusetts for more than 30 years, Health New England’s mission is to improve the health and lives of the people in their communities. Additionally, food insecurities pose a significant challenge in many rural areas in Western Massachusetts, particularly for individuals who are homebound. As a strong factor of health, access to healthy food is a priority for Health New England’s Community Benefits Program and is an important reason Health New England supports LifePath’s Meals on Wheels program.
“The Meals on Wheels program in Franklin County and North Quabbin region covers a wide geographic region, which falls within our service area. We are proud to partner with an organization such as LifePath, knowing they care about improving the lives of local elders by being committed to providing access to healthy meals for homebound seniors, one of our top health priorities,” shares Kathleen Bessette, Health New England’s PR, content and engagement manager.
Another reason for this support is that Health New England and LifePath share a passion for taking exceptional care of and are deeply committed to the individuals they serve. “Our elders deserve the highest quality of life, and preserving their independence is an important factor in keeping them healthy,” says Bessette.
For LifePath’s part, the combination of providing a hot meal coupled with a wellness check is one of the best ways to help elders live independently. LifePath is proud to partner with organizations, like Health New England, that help elders maintain independence and quality of life in their own homes and communities. Together, we create more meaningful and positive outcomes for those we serve.