The Cape Vincent Improvement League receives an award

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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY)

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield recently presented the Cape Vincent Improvement League with a Community Health Award for supporting its community garden program. Cape Vincent Improvement League (CVIL) maintains a community garden that donates 100% of the harvest to the local food pantry for distribution to those at risk of hunger. Fresh vegetables are provided from June to September and you can freeze or can them. Fall crops, including potatoes and squash, are stored and distributed until November. This funding supports the purchase of seeds, plants, fertilizers and gardening tools.

“Cape Vincent is an NYS-designated rural poverty area, a food desert with limited access to affordable produce,” explained CVIL member and garden volunteer Mary Ann Reid. “The community garden provides those in need with an abundance of fresh, chemical-free, nutrient-rich and fiber-rich produce. »

The mission of the CVIL is to promote the general development of the seasonal resort area. The group awards elementary school community service awards, partners with the local library for fundraising, paints benches, cleans parks, and plants and maintains flowers. Recently, their main objective has become the reduction of hunger.

Through a competitive application process, the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Awards provide funding to initiate, expand and sustain programs and services that promote health. These investments advance health equity by extending the reach of preventive health services or health promotion programs to vulnerable populations. Health Plan’s corporate giving complies with all applicable laws and regulations and does not support fundraising organizations that conflict with its mission, goals, policies, or products.

“The company’s Community Health Awards demonstrate the company’s commitment to supporting local organizations that share our mission as a nonprofit health plan,” said Eve Van de Wal, Utica Regional President. of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. “We recognize that access to fresh produce is vital to the health and well-being of our communities, and we are pleased to support the Cape Vincent Improvement League Community Garden with this essential community health funding.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is committed to supporting local organizations that improve community health. The Company’s corporate giving complies with all applicable laws and regulations and does not support fundraising organizations that conflict with its mission, goals, policies, or products.

The Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Utica Region encompasses Clinton, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, and St. Lawrence counties.

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