Community Health & Wellness

Over the past few years, the Trefler Foundation has been building a small portfolio of organizations working on issues related to health and wellness, especially in Boston’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan. The Foundation has taken a “broad brushstrokes” approach to portfolio development, with grants clustering in the areas related to improving access to healthy foods in schools and low-income communities, encouraging physical fitness and movement, and developing an understanding of agriculture and the food economy.

Among our grantees in this space are:

  • Project Bread, through which the Foundation supports the Chefs in Schools program and school food policy work
  • The Healthy Chelsea Coalition, which works with Chelsea High School to create new student-driven strategies to promote healthy eating
  • Haley House, Take Back the Kitchen, which works with schools and nonprofits to teach cooking skills
  • Future Chefs, which trains high school students from Boston and surrounding communities to prepare for careers in the culinary industry
  • City Sprouts, which helps elementary and middle schools build gardens to support learning

The Foundation continues to seek out new ways to help young people build physical activity into their daily lives. Recently, the Foundation was a proud sponsor of the Road to Wellness Walk/Run, which was the first road race in the Roxbury neighborhood in decades. Organized by the Dimock Community Health Center, the Boston Athletic Association and HoodFit, the race had more than 500 participants.