Manchester PAL awarded $5K grant in support of Ambassadors Program

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MPAL Ambassador Program provides hands-on nutrition and meal prep experience for kids in the neighborhood. Courtesy Photo

MANCHESTER, NH The Manchester Police Athletic League recently received a $5,000 grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Associated Grocers of New England to provide cooking classes, nutrition education, and support for the MPAL ambassador program.

“MPAL is thrilled that the funds from this joint grant allow us to provide nutrition education as well as food and kitchen safety to our underprivileged population in Greater Manchester,” said Jayna Stevens, Director of Operations and Development, Manchester Police Athletic League (MPAL).  “In addition, youth are given the opportunity to practice their new knowledge and skills during meal prep in our commercial kitchen. Through our Cooking, Nutrition and Ambassador programs, MPAL is teaching valuable life skills that will impact food choices for youth now and in the future.  Sharing a meal with Manchester Police Officers provides a powerful vehicle for barriers to break down and relationships to build up.  We are so grateful to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Associated Grocers for their partnership.  Together we are making a difference.”

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Added Lea Chandonnet, Benefits Specialist at Associated Grocers of New England, “We are proud to partner with Harvard Pilgrim Foundation in making this grant possible to help the Manchester PAL support its youth in having access to healthy food choices and nutritional education.”


About Associated Grocers of New England

Associated Grocers of New England, Inc., is the largest retailer-owned, wholesale grocery distribution center In New England. Serving the needs of Independent Retail Grocers of every store size and format: multi-store independent supermarket groups, community supermarkets, country stores, and convenience retailers.

About Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation
Created in 1980, The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation supports Harvard Pilgrim’s mission to improve the quality and value of health care for the people and communities we serve. The Harvard Pilgrim Foundation provides the tools, training and leadership to help build healthy communities throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. In 2018, the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation awarded more than $1.25 million in grants to 855 nonprofit organizations in the region.  Since its inception in 1980, the Foundation has awarded $150 million in funds and resources throughout the four states.  

For more information, please visit www.harvardpilgrim.org/foundation.

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