This $100,000 grant aims to improve healthy eating for public housing residents

Reem Faisal picks vegetables while visiting the community garden at the Whittier Street Health Center in Boston.
Reem Faisal picks vegetables while visiting the community garden at the Whittier Street Health Center in Boston. –Craig F. Walker / The Boston Globe

The Boston Public Health Commission awarded a $100,000 grant Wednesday to four Boston community health centers, according to a statement from the commission.

The funds will allow centers to implement improvements to their systems and services for their residents, with a large focus on healthy eating and food insecurity, the statement said. Public housing residents in Boston are 3.5 times more likely to be affected by obesity and related health conditions than non-public housing residents, according to the commission.

“The people of Boston deserve the right to access affordable, quality healthcare,’’ Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement. “The community health centers provide those vital services to Boston residents, and these funds will enable them to stay ahead of the curve and continue developing innovative solutions to today’s pressing health challenges.’’

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The four health centers awarded the grant are the Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury, the South End Community Health Center, Upham’s Corner Health Center in Dorchester, and Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center.

The centers are expected to reach up to 27,000 public housing residents through the project, according to the statement.

“These grants enable us to address some key factors that make our patients unhealthy,’’ Tom Kieffer, director of the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, said in a statement. “Living in poverty and not having access to healthy foods are some of the top challenges that they face.’’

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