RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Feb. 19,2022 – During a virtual kick-off event today, Molina Healthcare of California (“Molina”), in partnership with Riverside City Councilmember Clarissa Cervantes, announced its sponsorship of a local Farm to Fork initiative that will support 50 low-income community members from the City of Riverside with chronic health conditions. Each participant will receive organic fresh produce, health education, and recipe cards delivered to their home monthly.
Molina’s sponsorship provided $10,000 to the Farm to Fork initiative to secure seeds for 5-10 pounds of produce harvested weekly for community members. On a monthly basis, a local chef from Tre’Dish will lead a virtual, hands-on cooking demonstration with the group using the fresh produce to educate families about the importance of nutrition and how to prepare healthy meals on a budget.
“The health of our communities extends beyond routine doctor visits,”said Abbie Totten, plan president of Molina Healthcare of California. “It starts around the family dinner table. Molina is thrilled to partner with Councilmember Clarissa Cervantes and sponsor initiatives that respond to whole health challenges and deliver real solutions for families.”
During the virtual kick-off event, Molina sponsored five surprise raffles in which winners will receive a grocery store shopping spree with the chef to secure more fresh produces and spices to guide their “healthy cooking at-home” journey. The shopping sprees will take place over the next three weeks.
“Having knowledge of and access to healthy foods is vital to the well-being of our communities,” said Councilmember Clarissa Cervantes. “We are providing families with locally grown fresh produce from UC Riverside Community Garden, then giving them the tools they need to create meals for the nourishment of their loved ones. This is a huge step towards building whole health! Molina’s partnership and charitableness in the Farm to Fork initiative is exactly the kind of efforts that bring real change for those in-need in Riverside.”
Additional Farm to Fork sponsors and community partners include: the City of Riverside, the Riverside Community Health Foundation and World Be Well.
Molina and Councilmember Clarissa Cervantes’ partnership combines their shared effort to address the health needs of families residing in Ward 2 of the City of Riverside and is part of Molina’s ongoing effort to address health inequities across California.
About Molina Healthcare of California:
Molina Healthcare of California has been providing government-funded care for over 40 years. The Company serves members through Medi-Cal, Medicare, Medicare-Medicaid (Duals) and Covered California (Marketplace). Molina’s service areas include Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego, Orange County, and Imperial counties. Through its locally operated health plans, Molina Healthcare, Inc., a FORTUNE 500 company, served approximately 5.2 million members as of December31, 2021. For more information about Molina Healthcare of California, visit MolinaHealthcare.com.