Supporting Massachusetts families as they transition off a medically tailored meals program

UnitedHealthcare is working with a community-based organization in Massachusetts to help improve the health of employees and their families.

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Around 10% of U.S. households struggle with food insecurity over the course of a year,1 equating to about 34M people in the U.S.2 Often defined as a lack of access to enough food to live a healthy, active life, food insecurity can be exacerbated due to chronic or critical illness.

With the mission to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone, UnitedHealthcare has awarded $300,000 to a Massachusetts community organization, Community Servings, which works to provide scratch-made medically tailored meals to individuals and families who are experiencing critical or chronic illness and nutrition insecurity. 

The grant will be used to research, design, pilot and test a Step-Down Program that will support individuals as they transition off the medically tailored meals program.

This grant is part of a larger Empowering Health program, in which UnitedHealthcare has awarded a total of $11.1M to 66 nonprofits across 12 states. These grants aim to support people in underserved communities who are struggling with social determinants of health (SDOH), such as food insecurity, social isolation and behavioral health, among other issues.

When communities are healthier, everyone benefits — including employers.3 Grants like these are an investment in employers’ current and future workforces.

“UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to addressing social and economic factors that impact people’s ability to achieve and maintain good health,” says Olivia Jefferson, vice president of social responsibility at UnitedHealthcare.

“As a health care company, we see significant and ongoing inequities that exist in various communities across the country, particularly along racial lines. It’s imperative to collaborate with organizations, and the Empowering Health grants allows us drive positive change for the people we call friends, family and neighbors across the communities we serve. Our ultimate goal is to help people live healthier, happier lives.”

— Olivia Jefferson, Vice President of Social Responsibility, UnitedHealthcare

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