About Us


Founded in 2018, H2HC catalyzes integrated solutions to food, nutrition, and health inequities.
In H2HC’s first year, the organization focused on building membership and coalescing around a core strategy.
March 2018

H2HC, founded by Stop & Shop leadership and Catherine D’Amato, president and CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank, 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 a ground-breaking study detailing the 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 used by Bread for the World in its 2015 national study, "The Nourishing Effect: Ending Hunger, Improving Health, Reducing Inequality". The study reported that in 2014, hunger and food insecurity increased US health expenditures by $160 billion.

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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.
July 2019

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

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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.

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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.
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.

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October 2020

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

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In 2021, H2HC focuses on leveraging opportunities created by the Biden-Harris Administration, engaging the private sector, and building H2HC's organizational foundations.
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 to move the organization forward.

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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".

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”.

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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 Leadership and Advisory Councils as well as opportunities for partnership.

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May 2022

H2HC joins the Root Cause Coalition National Advisory Board.

June 2022

H2HC supports the second annual statewide survey, "Opportunities to Improve Food Equity and Access Massachusetts". The study finds that 1 in 3 residents in the Commonwealth are food insecure.

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June 2022

H2HC is invited to join the National Task Force Informing the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. The Task Force released its comprehensive report "Ambitious, Actionable Recommendations to End Hunger, Advance Nutrition, and Improve Health in the United States", ahead of the historic September 2022 Conference. Many of the Task Force recommendations were incorporated into the Biden-Harris Administration National Strategy, the goal of which is to end hunger, increase healthy eating, and reduce diet-related diseases by 2030.

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September 2022

H2HC joins the Tufts Food and Nutrition Innovation Council within the Friedman School's Institute.

November 2022

H2HC convenes 75 local and national corporate, government, healthcare, and nonprofit leaders at its 2022 Fall Summit at the Museum of Science. The Summit focuses on innovative work across sectors as well as next steps following the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.

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November 2022

Following the Fall 2022 Summit, H2HC releases an event report, "The Way Forward: Learnings from the Fall 2022 Summit", as an important resource that summarizes the cross-sector group’s best thinking, insights, and recommendations.

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May 2023

H2HC launches a national prize-making process to identify and highlight successful and innovative efforts to address food and nutrition inequities, and advance health equity, in communities throughout the United States. In this inaugural year, H2HC will award two $100,000 prizes. Prize recipients will be announced and introduced at the H2HC Fall Summit on November 16, 2023, at WBUR CitySpace in Boston.

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July 2023

H2HC hosts a discussion at Mass General Brigham in Somerville, MA and virtually on the national landscape and select state-based challenges and successes of addressing social drivers of health (SDOH). The event featured speakers from corporate, government, healthcare, academic, and CBO sectors.

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