Grant Award Supports Research, Education


With the holiday season upon us, we’re taking some time to look back on this year and reflect on the things we’re grateful for. One of those things- a generous grant award from Telligen Community Initiative (TCI) to support research and education related to food as medicine.

TCI is an Iowa-based, private charitable foundation. They awarded Project Angel Heart with $30,000 to support our efforts to build evidence that shows the connection between medically tailored meals and reducing health care costs and utilization.

“We are so grateful for TCI’s support, which is enabling us to continue to explore the impact of providing nourishing meals to people living with serious illnesses and to share what we’re learning,” said Rachael Robinson, Project Angel Heart’s director of strategic partnerships. “With this data, we can talk to health care providers, payers, and policymakers about the importance of food as medicine and build new partnerships to provide meals for people who are ill.”

Project Angel Heart was one of only 10 organizations selected for TCI’s 2018 Colorado funding. TCI received more than 154 grant requests for the grant cycle and awarded a cumulative total of $441,061 to Colorado nonprofits.

“We are extremely proud to partner with Project Angel Heart and support their work delivering medically tailored nutrition,” said Matt McGarvey, executive director of TCI. “Having healthy food is a big part of managing chronic illnesses and food insecurity remains a barrier for many people in our communities. We applaud Project Angel Heart’s efforts to reduce the cost of care and improve outcomes by using food as medicine.”

TCI awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process and works to support projects in the priority funding areas of health innovation, health care workforce development, and access to care for the underserved. Since 2014, TCI has awarded almost $7.6 million to nearly 190 organizations in Iowa, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Colorado.