Excellus grants community health awards to Cortland, Tompkins county nonprofits

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A pair of local organizations were among 10 chosen from over 80 in CNY that submitted applications for an Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Award.

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Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx) – Seven Valleys Health Coalition

  • The FVRx Program which provides healthy, fresh produce to low-income and underserved rural residents who struggle to access fresh foods, as well as nutrition and cooking education through virtual cooking classes and one-on-one personalized nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian.

Summer Teen Farm & Food Justice Program – The Youth Farm Project

  • A diverse group of teens from across Tompkins County will engage in farm, food, and social justice education for seven weeks including community engagement activities, four community events, four local farm visits, and a wide variety of workshops. Farm fresh meals will be prepared daily on site with our chef. Teens will get to learn cooking techniques, enjoy a healthy lunch together, and learn new recipes.

Each was awarded up to $5,000 allocated by the company to help fund health and wellness programs in the five-county Central New York region.

Through a competitive application process, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Community Health Awards support programs that have clear goals to improve the health or health care of a specific population.

Awards focus on improving the health status of the community, reducing the incidence of specific diseases, promoting health education and enhancing overall wellness.

Winning organizations are selected based on the proposed program’s scope of need, goals, and the number of people expected to benefit from it.

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