Scotts Valley, California, 5 de abril de 2023 — Central California Alliance for Health (the Alliance), the Medi-Cal managed health care plan for over half of Merced County residents, recently donated $54,000 to Merced County Food Bank. This funding is in response to significant impacts caused by recent atmospheric river events, which displaced residents and Alliance members from their homes. As a result, local food banks are straining to provide emergency support above and beyond their normal efforts. The Alliance’s funding to Merced County Food Bank will support the procurement, distribution and delivery of food, services and supplies to residents, many of whom are Alliance members.
“Funds will be used to purchase food for victims of the flood or to provide capacity assistance to our pantry partners who are directly serving low-income flood victims,” said Bill Gibbs, Executive Director of the Merced County Food Bank. “For instance, a pantry partner may need a refrigerator or freezer to store the additional food provided through flood assistance, or they may just need bags, carts or other items that increase their capacity to safely store and distribute food.”
“Our members are among the most vulnerable in our communities and are the most likely to be severely impacted by flooding, evacuations and lack of resources,” said Alliance CEO, Stephanie Sonnenshine. “Our donation is in alignment with our vision of healthy people, healthy communities and we’re grateful to Merced County Food Bank for serving a critical role in providing the direct support our members need to survive and start to rebuild their lives.”
The Alliance is also donating funds to food banks in its services areas of Monterey and Santa Cruz counties to provide meals and other support to local displaced residents. In total, the Alliance is providing $149,999 in financial support for its local food banks, which is being distributed based on county Alliance membership numbers.
Central California Alliance for Health (la Alianza) es un plan de salud regional de atención administrada de Medi-Cal, establecido en 1996 para mejorar el acceso a la atención médica de más de 416,000 miembros en los condados de Merced, Monterey y Santa Cruz. Utilizando el modelo del Sistema de Salud Organizado del Condado (COHS) del estado, la Alianza brinda servicios innovadores de atención médica basados en la comunidad al conectar a los miembros con proveedores que brindan servicios y atención oportunos, enfocados en la prevención, la detección temprana y el tratamiento efectivo. Como plan de salud de atención administrada galardonado con una visión de “personas sanas, comunidades saludables”, la Alianza sigue centrada en los esfuerzos para mejorar el acceso a una atención médica de calidad para sus miembros. Para más información visite www.thealliance.salud.