ALBUQUERQUE — Fraction Farms, located in Corrales, has received a $14,250 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico’s (BCBSNM) Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® initiative. The grant will support Fraction Farm’s 2023 growing season and harvest, which is projected to produce over 9,000 pounds of healthy produce for organizations serving people experiencing food insecurity and homelessness statewide.
“We’re so lucky to have the support of BCBSNM as we work to grow and donate healthy food to the food insecure of New Mexico,” said Amanda Zich, Fraction Farms volunteer vice president. “This amazing grant will help us afford irrigation supplies, seeds, fertilizer and soil amendments to grow great food for those in need.”
“Supporting our community members experiencing food insecurity is a key priority of BCBSNM,” said Janice Torrez, BCBSNM president. “By growing and donating food, Fraction Farms provides direct support to people in need and helps minimize the impact of hunger.”
BCBSNM’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grant initiative is part of an ongoing commitment to invest in and partner with nonprofit organizations that offer sustainable, measurable programs in nutrition, physical activity, disease prevention and management, and supporting safe environments. Fraction Farm’s commitment to growing and donating thousands of pounds of fresh produce to nonprofits serving vulnerable New Mexicans aligns with the vision of Healthy Kids, Healthy Families to improve the health of children and their families across New Mexico.
About Fraction Farms
Fraction Farms is a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing and donating thousands of pounds of healthy fruits and vegetables to the homeless and food insecure, with a special focus on children. Along with this, Fraction Farms writes and provides free agriculture and nutritional lesson plans to teachers and offers field trips for children to its flagship farm, Balboa.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico is one of the largest commercial health insurers in New Mexico with more than 680,000 New Mexicans carrying a Blue Cross and Blue Shield card. Since 1940, BCBSNM has been committed to promoting the health and wellness of its members and communities through accessible, cost-effective, quality health care. BCBSNM is a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, the country’s largest customer-owned health insurer. Health Care Service Corporation is a Mutual Legal Reserve Company and an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.