Florida Blue Basis invests $14.5 million to enhance meals safety and group well being

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — Florida Blue Basis has introduced it’s awarding $3.3 million in grants to 9 community-based applications throughout the state to enhance entry to wholesome meals in meals deserts and different rural communities the place Floridians have restricted entry to reasonably priced, wholesome meals choices.

The most recent funding brings the entire funding in meals safety applications from Florida Blue Basis to greater than $14.5 million during the last 4 years.

>>> STREAM ACTION NEWS JAX LIVE <<< “We all know that starvation and malnutrition can have detrimental impacts on folks’s well being and well-being,” stated GuideWell and Florida Blue President and CEO Pat Geraghty. “Supporting organizations that enhance entry to reasonably priced, wholesome meals permits us higher serve our communities and supply folks with extra alternatives to dwell a wholesome life.” The 9 nonprofit organizations receiving the funding from the Florida Blue Basis will use the grants for community-based meals safety initiatives that not solely present entry to dietary meals however tackle obstacles to meals safety of their communities. “By supporting applications that make wholesome meals extra accessible and reasonably priced in communities throughout our state, the Florida Blue Basis and our companions are meaningfully enhancing the well being and well-being of youngsters, households, and communities,” stated Susan Towler, govt director of Florida Blue Basis. [DOWNLOAD: Free Action News Jax app for alerts as news breaks] The 9 organizations receiving grants embody: Police Athletic League of Jacksonville (Duval County) – The households of the youngsters in PAL’s academic applications, will obtain contemporary produce delivered to their properties in addition to vitamin schooling to show households the right way to cook dinner and put together contemporary produce. UCOM UrbanServ, Inc. (Duval County) – This program offers meal deliveries to older adults with restricted or no entry to transportation. The grant will enable the group to increase this system by including extra wholesome decisions in addition to schooling and help to make sure the meals is straightforward to organize. Regional Meals Financial institution of Northeast Florida, Inc. - Feeding Northeast Florida (Duval County) – The Cell Market Program brings wholesome meals to residents in meals insecure areas, permitting them to decide on their very own wholesome meals proper in their very own neighborhood. FBH Neighborhood, Inc (Volusia County) – The FBH Neighborhood plans to offer contemporary fruits and vegetable packing containers and host well being festivals for folks dwelling in Midtown, Daytona, a meals desert that has additionally been recognized as one in every of Florida’s poorest ZIP codes. United In opposition to Poverty (Indian River County) – United In opposition to Poverty will increase its grocery program by including refrigerated vans, which is able to enable this system to increase its attain and distribution all through the south and central areas of the state. Chapman Partnership, Inc. (Miami-Dade County) – By way of Chapman Partnership and Feeding South Florida, the Wholesome You program will present vitamin schooling in addition to sizzling meals, wholesome snacks and meals vouchers to males, ladies and youngsters experiencing homelessness. Treasure Coast Meals Financial institution Included (St. Lucie County) – Market Contemporary on the Transfer is a cell grocery retailer on wheels that serves low-income households dwelling in meals deserts and meals insecure communities. Harry Chapin Meals Financial institution of Southwest Florida, Inc. (Lee County) – Harry Chapin Meals Financial institution’s Cell Market Program immediately serves these in a five-county space who're food-insecure and face transportation obstacles via a cell, refrigerated, one-aisle grocery retailer. Properly Included (Hillsborough County) – In partnership with the Coalition of Neighborhood Gardens, the Properly will increase its program into the college space. This system trains group members on the right way to construct residence gardens, and host group occasions designed to distribute meals, and educate neighbors on meals manufacturing, and wholesome meal preparation. [SIGN UP: Action News Jax Daily Headlines Newsletter] Since 2020, Florida Blue Basis’s meals safety grantees have supplied over 181 million meals to Floridians experiencing meals insecurity. Click on right here to obtain the free Motion Information Jax information and climate apps, click on right here to obtain the Motion Information Jax Now app on your sensible TV and click on right here to stream Motion Information Jax dwell.