Food Access

FOOD ACCESS

1. Expand Mobile Food Distribution Services (RFP67-18-04)

CalOptima is awarding up to $500,000 for food and nutrition program(s) that increase availability and access to healthy food options for CalOptima members in areas of the county where fresh food and grocery stores are of limited availability, where food assistance needs are highest, and in geographic areas where existing services are not already provided. Programs may operate food distribution services through usage of mobile food trucks/vehicles and provide a minimum of 32,000 meals (or equivalent)* that address/help reduce health conditions of CalOptima members (e.g. diabetes, obesity, hypertension, etc.).

2. Expand Access to Food Distribution Services Focused on Children and Families (RFP67-18-05)

CalOptima is awarding up to $1,000,000 for food and nutrition program(s) that target services to CalOptima member children and families in areas of greatest need to provide assistance and access to healthier food options such as fresh fruits, vegetables and other groceries. Services should address/help reduce health conditions of CalOptima members (e.g. diabetes, obesity, hypertension, etc.). Programs may provide simple recipes and education to help families learn to prepare nutritious meals on a limited budget and/or take-home meals for children and families who may not have access to cooking facilities. Program should serve a minimum of 64,000 meals (or equivalent)* to CalOptima members.

3. Expand Access to Food Distribution Services for Older Adults (RFP67-18-06)

CalOptima is awarding up to $500,000 for food access program(s) that increase availability of and access to healthier food options such as fresh fruits, vegetables and other groceries, in areas of highest need and in geographic areas where existing services are not already provided. Program should increase access to meals for older adults that are specific/unique to their dietary needs and address/help reduce health conditions of CalOptima members (e.g. diabetes, obesity, hypertension, etc.). Program should distribute a minimum of 32,000 meals (or equivalent)*.

*May be prorated based on award amount

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