Feeding America Riverside-San Bernardino, one of the Inland Empire’s largest food banks, has received a $35,551 grant from the Anthem Foundation.
The grant will be used to launch the “Food Is Medicine” program, which will be conducted by the food bank, the Riverside University Health System, and the Inland Empire Health Partnership, according to a statement.
“Food is Medicine” will help connect approximately 1,340 people in Riverside and San Bernardino counties to food distribution programs that provide healthy food options every month. The program aims to screen a little more than 16,080 patients this year.
“Recent years have shown us the link between hunger and health,” said Stephanie Otero, Feeding America-Riverside’s chief executive officer, in the statement. “The Food is Medicine effort will strengthen our efforts to feed those in need directly in healthcare settings.”
The food bank is one of 14 organizations nationwide receiving grants from the Anthem Foundation, the charitable division of Anthem Inc., one of the largest health insurance providers in the United States.