TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb. 28, 2023 – Through donations and volunteerism, The MolinaCares Accord (“MolinaCares”), in collaboration with Molina Healthcare of Florida (“Molina”), has helped Farm Share food bank distribute food to individuals impacted by Hurricane Ian and many others in need throughout Florida. Bolstered by a recent $100,000 donation from MolinaCares, Farm Share was able to serve nearly 250,000 households in a span of just 10 days after the hurricane struck Florida.
“With the generosity and support of partners like MolinaCares, Farm Share was able to provide swift and impactful relief in the wake of Hurricane Ian,” said Stephen R. Shelley, president and CEO of Farm Share. “MolinaCares has made it possible for Farm Share to continue serving those who still face critical food insecurity.”
Farm Share estimates 4.2 million Floridians are currently living under the strain of food insecurity and that number grew significantly following the hurricane. Sharing Farm Share’s mission to address food insecurity in Florida, MolinaCares has contributed approximately $185,000 to Farm Share and provided employee volunteers at more than 42 food giveaway events throughout its nine-year partnership. The funds granted by MolinaCares over the years have helped to provide over 1.5 million pounds of food to Floridians in need.
“We are committed to the well-being of our fellow Floridians,” said Mike Jones, plan president for Molina Healthcare of Florida. “They are our neighbors, families, friends, and members whose lives were devastated by Ian. We will do everything in our power to ensure our communities not only recover, but also prosper.”
In addition to grant support, MolinaCares employee volunteers work with Farm Share and other non-profit partners to give back to Floridians at food distribution events. You can view a video outlining one of those events and the impact of MolinaCares’ partnership with Farm Share here.
MolinaCares’ $100,000 donation was part of a larger commitment to multiple local organizations after Ian devastated Florida, including the Florida Disaster Fund, Harry Chapin Food Bank, and Latino Leadership. Learn more about Molina’s efforts to support Floridians in the wake of Hurricane Ian here.
About The MolinaCares Accord
Established by Molina Healthcare, Inc., The MolinaCares Accord oversees a community investment platform created to improve the health and well-being of disadvantaged populations by funding meaningful, measurable, and innovative programs and solutions that improve health, life, and living in local communities. The MolinaCares Accord funds such measures through The Molina Healthcare Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) established in 2020 by Molina Healthcare, Inc.
About Molina Healthcare of Florida
Molina Healthcare of Florida has been providing government-funded, quality health care since 2008. The Company serves members through Medicaid, Medicare and Health Insurance Exchange programs throughout Florida. Through its locally operated health plans, Molina Healthcare, Inc., a FORTUNE 500 company (currently ranked 155), provides managed healthcare services under the Medicaid and Medicare programs and through the state insurance marketplaces. Molina Healthcare served approximately 5.3 million members as of December 31, 2022, located across 21 states. For more information about Molina Healthcare of Florida, visit MolinaHealthcare.com.
About Farm Share
Farm Share is Florida’s homegrown food bank. Founded for and by Floridians, Farm Share has been serving those under food insecurity since 1991 with the simple but innovative idea to recover crops from Florida farmers in order to distribute fresh and nutritious food to Floridians in need. 30 years after our inception we have fed millions, saved millions of pounds of food from going to waste and are now Florida’s largest independent food bank.
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