MANNA, which delivers nourishing meals to people living with life-threatening illness throughout the
region, launched its new website this week. Not only is it the go-to site for ordering pies this season during the popular Pie in the Sky fundraiser (gotta love the pumpkin, people), but the website also provides critical information about MANNA’s own mission, upcoming events and dietary facts.
The organization recently released results of a new study that shows the impact nutritional services can have on those who are suffering from illnesses, including everything from chronic conditions like HIV and AIDS and diabetes to kidney and heart disease.
“This study is an important step to being able to quantify the ways that a model program, such as MANNA, which offers a package of nutrition and support contributes to controlling healthcare costs and helps to support the health of individuals so that they can maintain and even improve their health, avoid hospitalizations and nursing home placement,” says Dr. Etienne Phipps, director of the Einstein Center for Urban Health Policy and Research.
Here are some highlights:
“It’s my hope that this study will help ensure the future of MANNA,” says MANNA’s new executive director Sue Daugherty. “We know that there are thousands of individuals in our region who need and would benefit from our services. We need insurance companies and healthcare executives to be educated and believe in the power of nutrition to help secure sustainable funding.”