When Hearts and Hands Unite, Great Things Happen: Open Hand and Good Measure Meals are a Great Thing for Athens

October 23rd, 2013 | By Marjie No Comments

In collaboration with John Penninger,
senior director of resource development and marketing for Open Hand


Here at Athens MOVE, we are always excited when we learn about the good things that people are doing for our neighbors and friends. And the more we learned about Open Hand (OH) and Good Measure Meals™ (GMM), the more we wanted to feature their good work in this issue.

As the youth of Athens head back to school this fall, they will be eating healthier food in their school cafeterias and, we hope, bringing new and fun ideas into their kitchens at home about how to prepare and enjoy nutritious foods with their families.  OH’s programs dovetail perfectly with that thought by helping people be healthier by combining “home-delivered meals and nutrition education as a means to reinforce the connection between informed food choices and improved quality of life,” as stated at www.projectopenhand.org.  OH also provides community nutrition programs, which are provided free of charge to seniors and the chronically ill.

GMM sells ready-to-eat healthy meals that busy people can buy, and then takes 100% of the proceeds to help fund  OH.  Therein lies the brilliantly-planned, synergistic relationship between these two organizations:  OH, with its medically-appropriate meals and good nutrition, all in a traditional menu, being funded by GMM, with nutritious gourmet meals available to the general public.

Meals from GMM meet the dietary needs of people with diabetes and related hypertension, and are ideal for people of means looking for a convenient and delicious way to manage their weight. Operating as a wholly-owned subsidiary, GMM directs 100% of its net proceeds back to  OH and it “helps extend the  OH Comprehensive Nutrition Care™ model across the full socio-economic spectrum, ultimately enabling us to make an even greater impact on the quality of health in our community.”

Since 2004, GMM has provided good nutrition in ready-to-eat, healthy, gourmet meal plans. Its food has helped thousands of people achieve weight loss, manage chronic health conditions, or just eat in a healthy way without all the time required to plan, shop and cook. GMM’s meals follow strict adherence to food safety standards established by the USDA and Serve Safe. Their produce is purchased fresh daily from local vendors, and they use the highest quality meats and bakery goods for use in their meals.

In fact, GMM invests more than $100,000 annually in the development of innovative menus to ensure that they meet the expectations of our customers and they are compliant with the healthy eating guidelines of the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association, and the American Heart Association. And in the past nine years, GMM has generated about $16 million in revenue, with 100% of the proceeds going to  OH.


Here in Athens, GMM has added several new product lines, including Dinner Plans, a Diabetic Menu and a Vegetarian Menu that have met with enthusiastic acceptance by its customers. And every time you make a purchase from GMM, you are making an investment in your health and the health of others, which makes a positive impact on our community. Of course, GMM would like you and your family to consider buying the GMM meal plan. That is what provides the revenue stream for the nutrition programs and free meals that  OH provides to the community. But the people at GMM hope you see the larger goal they hope to accomplish … nutrition-related disease prevention through education.

If you’d like to purchase a GMM meal plan, you can find out more by contacting John Penninger at jpenninger@openhandatlanta.org, or visit www.projectopenhand.org or www.goodmeasuremeals.com. In Athens, you can choose from three different pick-up locations – New Balance, Omni Club (west side), and CrossFit Boot Camp.

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