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Lisa Salerno's Fundraiser:

Food Is Love

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BENEFITING: Boston Medical Center

EVENT DATE: Nov 08, 2013

Lisa Salerno

THE STORY:

Please join me in supporting Boston Medical Center and their efforts to fight hunger in our community.  

Boston Medical Center (BMC) is a 496 bed safety net hospital with New England’s largest and busiest Trauma One Unit as well as top rated an academic medical center. Here the mission is "exceptional care, without exception".  It is a mission they live to the fullest caring for the most vulnerable.  

The Issue

In America, nearly 50 million of our neighbors go hungry each year.  That means 1 in 6 citizens do not know when their next meal will be.   This is not only a travesty, it’s a healthcare crisis.  The ramifications of hunger go far beyond the kitchen table. Hunger is responsible for not only increased healthcare cost but also poor test scores in children, diabetes, low productivity in employees and high blood pressure.    

The Answer

BMC has taken a truly innovative approach to healthcare, now being replicated across the country. Their food pantry and demonstration kitchen meet the underlying needs of many complicated chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease.  Primary care doctors write "prescriptions" for patients to visit the food pantry and access healthy food they would otherwise not see. The Pantry is often used by patients with cancer, HIV/AIDS, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, obesity, food allergies and other chronic conditions.

Families can visit the Food Pantry twice per month and receive three to four days’ worth of food for their household each time. A key feature is the provision of perishable goods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables in the winter, and meats all year round – items that are often costly and therefore often lacking in a low-income family’s diet. In 2011, the Preventive Food Pantry provided food to more than 80,500 patients and their household members (an average of 6,709 monthly).

In addition to opening access to healthy foods, BMC invites patients to its Demonstration Kitchen to learn how to use the veggies they just received in new and exciting ways. There is this wonderful sense of community that grows. Patients compare recipes, new uses for tried and true vegetables, or a preparation more likely to entice the pickiest toddler.  Conversations begin and community grows outside the confines of the hospital.  Cultural barriers are crossed and common ground is found over the shared love of an eggplant.  

I Like Food Too

Many of you know my love all things food, spicy, sweet, salty and savory.  As a way to ensure I stick to my goal of finishing the Smuttynose Half Marathon on October 6th in a relatively respectful time, I have chosen to raise money for one of my favorite organizations in the city, Boston Medical Center.  

None of our neighbors should go hungry.   So if you like food too, please join me in supporting BMC. 

For updated photos, stories and everything along the way, please feel free to check out Instagram, Twitter,  or the Blog

 

 

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To This Fundraiser

$810

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

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  • Jamie Hoag

     

  • Kate Ardini

     

  • Mark Gordon

     

  • Jay Lucey

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Mike

    $50

  • Jeanne & Alan Pandiani

     

  • Diane Popeo

     

  • Adrienne Coats

    $50

  • Kristen Schreck

     

  • Anthony Salerno

    $200

  • Meghan Morris

     

  • Joanne and Michael

    $50

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81% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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The Team: $810 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Joanne and Michael

Joanne and Michael

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Meghan Morris

Meghan Morris

4 years ago

Anthony Salerno

Anthony Salerno

DONATION: $200

Go Lisa, 13.1 miles to help those in need. Love Dad 4 years ago

Kristen Schreck

Kristen Schreck

4 years ago

Adrienne Coats

Adrienne Coats

DONATION: $50

Go girl go!!! Loves ya! 4 years ago

Diane Popeo

Diane Popeo

4 years ago

Jeanne & Alan Pandiani

Jeanne & Alan Pandiani

May the road rise to meet you! 4 years ago

Mike

Mike

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Jay Lucey

Jay Lucey

DONATION: $50

4 years ago