Lowell program combines locally grown food, culinary instruction

Mill City Grows

Burlington, MA (February 5, 2016) – Four in ten families in the city of Lowell do not have access to fresh produce in their neighborhood. To combat this alarming statistic, Lahey Health has partnered with Mill City Grows — a non-profit organization that works to provide access to locally grown food and nutritional education — on an initiative to help improve the health and economic independence of Lowell residents.

Launched last fall, the partnership began with a free farmer’s market and has grown to include a mobile market and family cooking class. The eight-week course aims to teach families how to make healthy, easy-to-prepare meals — and how to make it a group activity.

“We want to do more than just patient care, we want to give back to the community,” said Richard Nesto, MD, and chief medical officer of Lahey Health.

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