Giving Back to Our Communities

Fidelis Care Presents Cornell Cooperative Extension Wayne County with $50,000 Food Insecurity Grant

Fidelis Care presented a $50,000 grant to support Cornell Cooperative Extension Wayne County’s programs to combat regional food insecurity. The grant is part of $315,000 in donations by Fidelis Care to nonprofit organizations on the front lines of fighting hunger across New York State. Food insecurity impacts about one in 10 New York households.

“Fidelis Care is committed to promoting health and well-being in our local communities and that begins with ensuring access to nutritious foods for individuals and families,” said Jennifer Lyons, Fidelis Care Sales and Marketing Director. “Nonprofit organizations that provide food assistance throughout the state have received these grants to strengthen initiatives, including increasing food distribution, expanding food pantry services, and reducing food insecurity within communities. Cornell Cooperative Extension does a remarkable job enhancing the lives of individuals and communities through collaborative partnerships.”

Cornell Cooperative Extension improves the community’s health, nutrition, and safety by educating people and agricultural businesses. The Fidelis Care grant will support its SNAP-Ed New York Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, which boosts existing SNAP benefits to increase an individual’s purchasing power with partnering local grocery stores and farm markets.

“This Fidelis Care grant has provided enough funding to enroll more than 550 individuals and families in in our fruit and vegetable prescription program,” said Maggie McHugh, Cornell Cooperative Extension SNAP-ED New York Regional Manager. “We also provide nutrition education that teaches the skills necessary to shop, prep, and cook low-cost nutritious meals. With this support from Fidelis Care, those we serve can expand their food budget and try new recipes that include fresh fruits and vegetables. The funding goes a long way in addressing food insecurity and chronic disease.”

Fidelis Care takes pride in supporting the vital work of Cornell Cooperative Extension and the other food insecurity grant recipients across New York State because no one should suffer from hunger. Click here to see the full list of Fidelis Care food insecurity grant recipient organizations.

Screener Program Provides Support to Families Impacted by Social Determinants of Health


Fidelis Care’s innovative SDoH screener program was launched two years ago as a grassroots health equity initiative to address conditions in the environments where people are born, live, work, and play that affect their health, well-being, and quality of life. Social Determinants of Health can affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes – particularly among vulnerable populations and in underserved areas.

The screener enables trained Fidelis Care representatives to assess an individual’s immediate needs and challenges related to SDoH through a brief series of questions covering areas such as access to transportation, food, and secure and safe housing. More than 450,000 Fidelis Care members have participated to date.

here to learn more about the different Social Determinants of Health and find available resources.

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Last Week • Posted by Fidelis Care • in In The Community, Social Determinants of Health
Fidelis Care presented a $50,000 grant to support Cornell Cooperative Extension Wayne County’s programs to combat regional food insecurity. The grant is part of $315,000 in donations by Fidelis Care to nonprofit organizations on the front lines of fighting hunger across New York State. Food insecurity impacts about one in 10 New York households.
1/10/2024 • Posted by Fidelis Care • in Corporate News, Member News, Social Determinants of Health
LONG ISLAND CITY, NY [January10, 2024] – Fidelis Care, a statewide health plan with more than 2.5 million members in New York State and a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, announced the distribution of $315,000 in grant funding to 20 organizations dedicated to combating food insecurity and alleviating hunger across the state. Food insecurity impacts about one in ten households in New York.
11/30/2023 • Posted by Fidelis Care • in In The Community, Social Determinants of Health
In its second year, the Fidelis Care ‘Veggies to Go’ program distributed 1,770 bags of healthy food to individuals and families in need. That adds up to 35,400 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables given out in 2023, a 68 percent increase over the inaugural year of the program. Veggies to Go addresses nutrition and food insecurity in urban and rural communities across New York State.
10/25/2023 • Posted by Fidelis Care • in Dental Health, Social Determinants of Health
When Brandy’s 12-year-old daughter, Khallyah, was suffering from a toothache, the Rome, Oneida County resident wasn’t sure where to quickly find the care that Khallyah needed. Brandy soon learned that Fidelis Care and healthcare provider Solvere Health were offering mobile dental clinics that provided convenient, quality services for Fidelis Care members in nearby Utica and Oneida.
10/10/2023 • Posted by Fidelis Care • in In The Community, Social Determinants of Health
Fidelis Care's seventh annual Backpack Heroes campaign ended Thursday with another great year: $106,888 was raised to help fight childhood hunger in the Capital Region.
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