Boulder Community Health Foundation allocates $75,000 to begin partnership to address patient food insecurity

In an effort to address food insecurity, Boulder Community Health has partnered with a Denver-based organization to provide approximately one week of free specialty meals to approximately 90 Boulder County residents.

BCH on Tuesday announced a new partnership with the nonprofit Project Angel Heart, thanks to a one-year, $75,000 grant from the hospital foundation.

“Through the Community Collaboration Fund, the BCH Foundation supports BCH by creating new partnerships, accelerating existing partnerships, or funding partnerships in need of financial support,” said Grant Besser, President of the BCH Foundation. , in a press release. “By investing in Project Angel Heart, we are better able to realize our vision of ‘partnering to create and care for the healthiest community in the nation.'”

Project Angel Heart president and CEO Owen Ryan said the nonprofit started in Denver about 30 years ago, when people were looking to provide food for neighbors living with AIDS. Since then, the organization has grown to provide thousands of meals a year. Last year it delivered 6,000 meals and is expected to top 9,000 this year, Ryan said.

This will be the first time the organization has worked with Front Range communities, he said.

“What we really wanted was to get some help serving neighbors in mountain communities that can be hard to reach,” Ryan said. “That’s really where our partnership with BCH came in. They support us in providing our meals to anyone with eligible conditions in often hard-to-reach communities.”

Through this partnership, meals will be delivered directly to the homes of BCH patients who live in Boulder County and who have identified as food-insecure residents through hospital social screening or who have a medical condition. medical conditions such as congestive heart failure, cancer, AIDS. or kidney disease.

Since the partnership began in May, 25 meals have been delivered to BCH patients, said Madelyn Hunt, case manager at the hospital.

Not only do the meals address food insecurity, but they are also tailored to meet the exact health needs of each patient, Hunt said.

“Food insecurity puts someone at risk for chronic disease,” she said. “By having meals tailored to the individual and their diagnosis, we give food as a form of medicine to be able to promote health.”

Ryan said all meals are made from scratch with no preservatives and use organic protein. They are frozen and packaged by volunteers and then shipped directly to the patient’s front door.

“Hunger is absolutely part of our job, but it’s also about fighting disease,” he said. “We hope that BCH and the wider community will see the opportunity to support people in mountain communities who are at home with illness and need this level of support.”

BCH patients who receive meals can also access nutrition education, one-on-one nutrition counseling sessions, medical nutrition therapy and cooking classes as part of the program, the new statement said. Access to nutrition education will be available up to three months after the delivery of the last meal.

Patients interested in the program can contact their BCH case manager or treating physician. Project Angel Heart is also accepting applications from people with congestive heart failure, cancer, HIV, kidney disease or other serious illnesses. People can request meals at projectangelheart.org/our-meals/get-meals.

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