The Health Trust Makes Health Partnership Grants Totaling $65,000

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For Immediate Release: December 14, 2017
The Health Trust Contact: Maria Garcia, or (408) 513-8729

San Jose, CA, December 14, 2017 – On December 13, 2017, The Health Trust Board of Trustees approved two Health Partnership grants totaling $65,000 to support The Health Trust’s mission of building health equity in Silicon Valley. Specifically, the awarded grants will increase food access for low-income seniors in an identified area of need, and increase the consumption and affordability of fruits and vegetables of CalFresh individuals and families with children.

Breakdown of Grants

Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen
According to the Food for Everyone report, San Jose’s 95112 area (District 7) has a high number of low-income seniors with only one Senior Nutrition Program (SNP) provider nearby. In an effort to address this gap and through a $35,000 grant, Loaves & Fishes plans to pilot a congregate meal site in District 7 by serving 60 meals twice a week over a six-month period, targeting low-income older adults who are food insecure. In addition, through this pilot, Loaves & Fishes will determine whether they can become a SNP provider to expand its services to other SNP sites through a cost-effective, sustainable meal model that meets the County of Santa Clara’s nutritional standards.

In its Healthy Food Within Reach report, SPUR identified economic barriers as one of the biggest obstacles to accessing healthy food and as a result launched the Double Up Food Bucks program. This multi-year campaign seeks to establish a permanent supplement to the CalFresh program by matching CA grown produce purchases made by CalFresh recipients at supermarkets 1:1, up to $10. Entering its second phase and through a $30,000 grant, SPUR seeks to continue to collect critical data that will influence following phases of the campaign all while continuing to increase the consumption and affordability of fruits and vegetables of CalFresh individuals and families with children. If a permanent supplement is achieved, the project has the potential to impact all CalFresh recipients statewide.

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About The Health Trust
The Health Trust is a nonprofit foundation building health equity in Silicon Valley. It ensures that health related grants, policies and services exist to support Silicon Valley’s most vulnerable communities. With regard to grants, The Health Trust prioritizes projects that meet the following criteria:

  • Bolsters health promotion and primary prevention efforts
  • Includes a system, policy, practice, or environmental change that can have an impact beyond the grant period
  • Includes a feasible sustainability plan
  • Follows promising and best practices

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