Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Tuscan Brands Award $5,000 Grant to The Chase Home in Portsmouth

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Located in Portsmouth and serving at-risk youth statewide, The Chase Home recently received a $5,000 grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Tuscan Brands to purchase organic fresh food for its residents.

“This is an incredible opportunity to provide youth who live here with a quality of food that most, if not all, have never experienced before,” noted Meme Wheeler, executive director of The Chase Home.


The youth who live at The Chase Home receive 24/7 therapeutic, clinical and mentoring supports–and according to Wheeler, a healthy, well-balanced diet is an important part of their treatment plan.

“So many of these kids have never even had a meal around a dinner table,” Wheeler added. “It is critical we do all we can to not only meet their basic needs, but also help them make better decisions about their food choices. This grant helps us take a major step forward in that direction.”

Kristi Bridge, accounting manager with Tuscan Brands, said they are thrilled to continue their relationship with The Chase Home in providing healthy food and wellness to their youth.

“We are grateful to partner with Harvard Pilgrim to support the team at The Chase Home in building a solid foundation for youth in need in our community,” said Bridge.

Tuscan Brands provides authentic Italian food with its market and kitchen as well as private dining and catering in Salem and Portsmouth, N.H., and Burlington and Boston, Mass. For more information, visit www.tuscanbrands.com.

Founded in 1877, The Chase Home in Portsmouth serves nearly 300 at-risk youth and families annually statewide through prevention, early intervention, residential and community-based programs. To learn more, visit www.chasehome.org

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 more than 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.