AdkAction was recently awarded $200,000 from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation and $25,000 from the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Health Equity Innovation Award for its Fair Food Program.
These funds will help provide access to local foods by distributing monthly stipends through vendor-restricted smart cards. Smart cards give participants the ability to purchase foods they enjoy and want to cook, from fresh produce to pasture-raised meat, local eggs, dairy, and grains. By focusing on improving access to locally sourced food, the program not only addresses food insecurity and health disparities but also fosters economic empowerment, community development, and environmental sustainability.
The $225,000 for the Fair Food Program joins a November 2023 award of $238,000 from New York Department of Agriculture and Markets to provide free farm shares through a Community Supported Agriculture model with local Adirondack farms.
Photo at top: The Excellus BlueCross BlueShield team presented AdkAction with a check at North Country Creamery’s farm store in Keeseville, one of the locations at which Fair Food cards can be used. Photo provided.