About Us

History

H2HC works to align food, health, and policy through an equity lens. Founded in 2018, H2HC convenes cross-sector stakeholders, advocates for policies and philanthropy, and supports critical research.
Historic Stakeholders
Stop & Shop
Babson
C&S Wholesale Grocers
Children's HealthWatch
Good Housekeeping Institute logo
Greater Boston Food Bank
McKinsey & Company
Museum of Science
Rasky Partners, Inc. logo
In H2HC’s first year, the organization focused on building membership and coalescing around a core strategy.
2018
Photo of the Power of Collaboration Event at the Boston Public Library
March 2018

H2HC, founded by Catherine D’Amato, president and CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank, and Stop & Shop leadership, is publicly launched at “The Power of Collaboration” event at the Boston Public Library. H2HC is designed as a national model for cross-sector stakeholders to collectively address the health consequences of hunger.

April 2018

H2HC supports ground-breaking MA study detailing healthcare-related costs of food insecurity: “$2.4 Billion: The Avoidable Cost of Hunger in Massachusetts.” This study is the first state-based application of the methodology developed in Bread for the World's 2015 national study.

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In 2019, H2HC focuses on supporting the inclusion of screening and referrals for food insecurity in healthcare, planning and managing strategic convenings, and raising awareness.
2019
July 2019

With Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) and UMass Memorial Medical Center President and CEO Dr. Eric Dickson, H2HC convenes “Mobilizing Healthcare for a Hunger-Free Massachusetts” on the UMass Medical campus.

Maura Healey speaking at Hunger to Health Collaboratory events
November 2019

H2HC convenes the “Hunger to Health Summit: Acting Together to Address Food Insecurity” featuring speakers MA Attorney General Maura Healey, Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, and other regional and national leaders.

In 2020, H2HC focuses on supporting COVID responses among its stakeholders and broader network. H2HC also convenes local and regional actors to share lessons learned and strategize around more sustainable and integrated food and health systems.
2020
May 2020

"Mobilizing Healthcare Grantee Forum” explores innovative ways to strengthen healthcare screenings and referrals for food insecurity.

May 2020

"Entrepreneurial Thinking in the Social Sector” at the Institute for Social Innovation at Babson College helps H2HC grantees identify and develop strategies to overcome organizational challenges and obstacles.

July 2020

H2HC convenes the virtual event, “Community Inequalities During COVID-19 Recovery Townhall”, with the Museum of Science.

October 2020

H2HC convenes the virtual event, “Hunger to Health in COVID and Beyond: Food Policy as Health Policy”, with the Museum of Science.

In 2021, H2HC focuses on leveraging opportunities created by the current administration, engaging the private sector, and building H2HC's organizational foundations.
2021
May 2021

With support from H2HC, “Gaps in Food Access During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Massachusetts" surveys 3,000 residents across the Commonwealth to better understand food insecurity issues and challenges.

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July 2021

H2HC hires its first executive director.

September 2021

With support from H2HC, The Institute for Hunger Research & Solutions at Connecticut Foodshare surveys more than 1,000 residents and publishes its findings in "Food Access in Connecticut: One Year into the COVID-19 Pandemic".

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The Economic and health Impacts of Food Insecurity invite graphic
October 2021

In partnership with the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, H2HC virtually convenes more than 250 participants for “The Economic and Health Impacts of Food Insecurity: The Business Community as Changemaker”.

October 2021

H2HC supports the pilot phase of a Children's HealthWatch economic mobility study designed to help 500 low-wage families move to greater stability over three years.

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January 2022

H2HC establishes a new organizational structure that includes Governing and Advisory Councils as well as opportunities for partnership.

2022
March 2022

H2HC participates in the National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference co-sponsored by FRAC and Feeding America.

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May 2022

H2HC joins the Root Cause Coalition National Advisory Board

June 2022

Supported second annual MA survey, Opportunities to Improve Food Equity and Access Massachusetts

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