Hallmark Health North Suburban WIC mobile food market recognized

Hallmark Health System (HHS), which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is pleased to announce the North Suburban WIC mobile food market received one of the six inaugural Peter R. Lee Healthy Communities Awards at the Massachusetts Department of Health 2013 Ounce of Prevention Conference on Oct. 22.

Individuals and groups have been historically recognized for outstanding contributions to community health improvement at the conference through multiple awards, including most recently the Community Transformation Awards. In 2013, these awards were renamed in honor of Peter Lee, the late director of the Massachusetts Partnership for Healthy Communities at Health Resources in Action. A leader in the Healthy Communities movement in Massachusetts and across the country before his untimely death in 2012, Lee personified the principles of Healthy Communities in his professional and personal life, and was a longtime participant and organizer of the Ounce of Prevention Conference through the 2012 conference.

The mobile food market was also recently named a finalist for the Jackson Healthcare Hospital Charitable Services Awards. The program will be further evaluated for both the “Program of Excellence” and “Program of Promise” awards to be presented at the national Hospital Charitable Services Conference on Feb. 4, 2014 in Atlanta. Awardees will share a prize pool of $100,000.

HHS partners with the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and one of the largest food banks in the country, to address the lack of access to healthy food for low-income families in area communities. Since August 2012, HHS’s North Suburban Women, Infant and Children (WIC) office at 239 Commercial St. in Malden, has hosted the mobile market each month.  During this time, the program has served thousands of local families considered “food insecure”—having limited or no resources to purchase low-cost fresh and affordable foods needed to maintain a healthy diet.

Other key community partners to the market include the Malden Zonta Club, a local service organization whose mission is to advance the status of women worldwide and to locally serve the community. Malden Zontians oversee the food distribution efforts at the market. The City of Malden, HHS employees and local residents who benefit from the market also volunteer their time to support the success of this important community program.
For more information about the mobile food market, call 781-338-7568. For more information about HHS, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/hallmarkhealth.

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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Hematology and Oncology Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology and the Joslin Diabetes Center for diabetes care.

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