East End Hospice is collaborating with East End Food Institute to bring local, healthy produce and food products to hospice employees each month. The initiative was brought to life by Mary Crosby and Kate Fullam, the leaders of each organization, to promote wellness among caregivers while also supporting a thriving local food economy.
“Our dedicated staff often prioritize the well-being of our patients over themselves, which can mean relying on quick, less-healthy food options during and after their work day,” said Mary Crosby, President & CEO of East End Hospice. “To continue to do this wonderful work, nourishing oneself is crucial. We are thrilled to collaborate with East End Food Institute to offer local, healthy food options for our team.”
East End Hospice offers employees an opportunity to receive a mixed assortment of locally grown and prepared goods from farmers, fishermen, vintners, and food producers selected from the East End Food Institute’s Virtual Market and delivered to EEH monthly.
“East End Food Institute’s mission is to support, promote, and advocate for local farming and food on eastern Long Island, and this program is right in line with our vision for a more sustainable and equitable local food system,” comments Executive Director Kate Fullam. Anyone can buy local produce and products at shop.eastendfood.org, with delivery across the East End.
This program is part of EEH’s Balm Wellness Initiative, which promotes self-care and wellness in the workplace.
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About East End Food Institute
East End Food Institute (EEFI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding equitable food access throughout eastern Long Island, New York, and to points west. Programs support, promote and advocate for local farmers, fishermen, vintners, and food producers while providing access to fresh, sustainable local food for all. Learn more at eastendfood.org.