Healthy Food Access Program
Food insecurity is a prominent health issue in Long Branch and research shows that when people with diabetes cannot get reliable access to healthy food their health suffers. CHEER has partnered with health care providers, Washington Adventist Hospital and Mobile Med, Catholic Charities and local food providers, Manna Food Center, Crossroads Community Food Network and the Capital Area Food Bank to establish a bi-directional referral system in which food insecure people with diabetes get 3 months of weekly distributions of fresh produce and Long Branch and Takoma Park food recipients with diabetes get primary medical care. During the three months of the active intervention, participants meet regularly with CHEER community health workers to provide personal support for receiving and using the food to improve their health. The program includes a healthy eating classes, cooking demonstrations and referrals to healhty living classes like zumba and community walks. Participants need to live in the following zip codes: 20901, 20902, 20903, 20904, 20910 and 20912.
The primary goals of the program are to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, increase food security, reduce obesity, and improve health outcomes for people with diabetes. The program also provides for follow up to see if these outcomes can be sustained a year after enrollment. This program is funded by the Healthcare Initiative Foundation with additional support from Adventist Health Care, and in-kind support from the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County for program evaluation.
Informational Flyers (English & Spanish, PDF)
Make a Referral
To refer a person to the Long Branch Healthy Food Access Program, please fill out all spaces below along with details of the person you are referring and all available times they can meet with one of our specialists. We will contact the person being referred within 2 business days.
If you have any other questions about this program, please contact Lucia Zegarra, Director of Health Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Lucia is bilingual in both English and Spanish.)