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Open Hand is a key solution to help address our current public health challenges.

Chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease are the leading cause of death in the US. Open Hand is addressing this health crisis in Atlanta and surrounding communities by providing access to medically-tailored meals and nutrition education to improve health outcomes and lower healthcare costs.

Open Hand TechBridge Adopt-a-NonprofitCreating nutritionally-balanced meals for a variety of conditions is a complex operation that requires robust systems. Systems must drive all phases of the operation from procurement of ingredients to cooking, packaging and delivering meals. Each year Open Hand serves over 1.75 million meals across 19 counties.

TechBridge has partnered with Open Hand for more than three years to document processes, create an IT roadmap and provide IT leadership. For this current project, TechBridge will partner with Open Hand to create a new custom client and meal order management database, client portal and systems integrations to existing accounting and meal planning solutions.

Your adoption of this crucial project will support Open Hand to:

  • Increase earned revenue
  • Improve client satisfaction and retention
  • Reduce food waste
  • Reduce cost of each transaction
  • Deliver reliable reports for management to drive decisions

This adoption will allow Open Hand to kick off this new project. Additional funding is anticipated through Open Hand donors and funders.

About Open Hand

How medically-tailored meals improve health outcomes and lower cost of care*

  • Average monthly health care costs fell 62%for 3 consecutive months after service began for individuals living with acute or chronic conditions
  • Hospitalizations reduced by half; hospital stays shortened 37%
  • Managed Care Organizations paid out $12,000 less per month than for a comparison group without nutrition intervention
  • Clients were 20% more likely to be released from the hospital to their homes instead of an acute care facility

Open Hand TechBridge Adopt-a-NonprofitFor over 27 years, Open Hand has helped people prevent or better manage chronic disease through comprehensive nutrition care which combines home-delivered meals and nutrition education as a means to reinforce the connection between informed food choices and improved quality of life. Open Hand’s vision is to eliminate disability and untimely death caused by nutrition-sensitive chronic disease.

Last year, more than 3,400 persons with chronic/critical illnesses/disabilities in Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Floyd, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Polk, Rockdale, and Walton counties in Georgia benefited from Open Hand’s nutrition programs.

*June 2013 Study of MANNA Clients and a Comparison Group measuring impact of home-delivered, medically-tailored meal service (and MNT) for individuals living w/ acute or chronic conditions, including diabetes