East Boston Neighborhood Health Center hands out 300 turkeys to community members


With an assist from the Red Cross and Lovin’ Spoonfuls, EBNHC underscores the role nutrition plays year-round

(EAST BOSTON, November 21, 2023) East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC), the largest community-based primary care health system in Massachusetts celebrated Thanksgiving by handing out 300 turkeys to community members ahead of the holiday weekend. Recognizing the crucial piece nutrition plays in patient health, EBNHC has partnered with American Red Cross Food Pantry and Lovin’ Spoonfuls to organize weekly food distributions from the center’s Community Resource & Wellness Center at 282 Meridian Street in East Boston. Available by appointment, East Boston neighbors come to the center every Thursday to get groceries, produce, meat and canned items.

On Tuesday, ahead of Thanksgiving, EBNHC’s Community Resource & Wellness Center welcomed community members early to distribute Thanksgiving meal kits including turkeys, potatoes, produce and more to East Boston families. From 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., 300 turkeys were distributed to help families celebrate the season of giving and gratitude and encourage healthy eating as a crucial piece of achieving health equity.

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From left to right: EBNHC CEO Greg Wilmot, EBNHC COO Ryan Boxill, Assistant Vice President of Quality Heidi Emerson, EBNHC Patient Maria Cordova, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jackie Fantes and Assistant Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, Hollis Graham, help hand out food to community members.

About East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) is one of the nation’s largest Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and the largest community-based primary care health system in Massachusetts, serving over 120,000 patients and recognized by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a Health Center Quality Leader. For more than 50 years, EBNHC has offered access to comprehensive care for the underserved populations of Chelsea, East Boston, Revere, Winthrop, Everett, and Boston’s South End. EBNHC is dedicated to promoting and sustaining healthy communities, families, and individuals by providing accessible, person-centered, compassionate, and high-quality healthcare services, including primary care, 24/7 emergency care, behavioral health care, specialty care, and various other health and wellness programs, to all who live and work in our service area. For more information, please visit www.ebnhc.org

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Dozens of EBNHC staff, led by Care Navigator Supervisor, Catharine Hemp, and Care Navigator Coordinator, Margaret Keithline, helped to distribute more than 300 turkeys and pork loin, thanks to EBNHC’s continued partnership with the American Red Cross Food Pantry so all can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal.