Boston Rescue Mission volunteer selected as Hannaford Health Hero

Chestnut Hill resident recognized for commitment to promoting health and wellness

BOSTON, Massachusetts – A volunteer with the Boston Rescue Mission has been selected by Hannaford Supermarkets as a “Hannaford Health Hero” for her dedication to encouraging healthy eating habits for homeless individuals.

Esther Lee, 45, of Chestnut Hill, volunteers weekly with the Boston Rescue Mission to plan and prepare over 2,000 healthy meals for homeless individuals being served by the organization’s meal program. Lee routinely purchases supplies and makes salad for the meal program each week.

Lee is the eighth Bay State resident to be recognized this year by Hannaford Supermarkets in conjunction with the Hannaford Health Hero program. Now in its second year, the program will recognize the work of 12 volunteers who inspire others within the community to make healthy choices for life on behalf of non-profit organizations.

“At Hannaford, we strongly believe in promoting health and wellness within the communities we serve,” said Hannaford Supermarkets Community Relations Specialist Molly Tarleton. “We are thrilled to honor Esther as a Hannaford Health Hero and commend the Boston Rescue Mission for its commitment to encouraging healthy lifestyles for Massachusetts residents.”

In recognition of the organization’s commitment to health and wellness, the Boston Rescue Mission will receive a $250 Hannaford gift card. Lee will also receive a $50 Hannaford gift card.

Lee was nominated by Mauricia Darvish, volunteer coordinator of the Boston Rescue Mission, which provides basic life necessities such as food, shelter and social service programs to homeless men and women in the Greater Boston area.

In the nomination, Darvish wrote, “A lot of the people we serve are not always introduced to healthy eating habits, but we strive to prepare the healthiest meals possible. Esther is truly committed to this effort.”

Hannaford Supermarkets invites executive directors or volunteer coordinators of registered 501(c)(3) organizations throughout Massachusetts to nominate a volunteer or group of volunteers from their agency as a Hannaford Health Hero. Nominations may be submitted online at

Hannaford Supermarkets operates 26 stores located throughout the northeast and north-central corridors of Massachusetts.

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Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 182 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. All Hannaford stores feature Guiding Stars, America’s first storewide nutrition navigation system and most stores have full-service pharmacies. Additional information can be found at

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