The Florida Blue Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, has announced grants totaling $11.2 million in support of efforts to improve food security, mental well-being, and health equity across the state.
Grants ranging from $200,000 to $400,000 were awarded to twenty-nine nonprofits working to address key drivers of health, many of which have been exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects receiving grants include a mobile pantry that will deliver nutritious meals to residents living in food deserts, in-home behavioral health services aimed at assisting children and families in medically underserved areas, a culturally sensitive telehealth program that addresses loneliness and isolation among homebound Hispanic adults, and mental health first aid training.
"The need to help vulnerable populations has never been greater due to the COVID-19 pandemic deepening challenges for families and impacting funding sources for nonprofits trying to serve their clients," said Florida Blue Foundation executive director Susan Towler. "By supporting these nonprofits, we can ensure these community programs will continue to broaden and enhance their support to our Florida communities at a time when they need these services the most."