Nourishing North Carolina
Research shows that when communities have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, they eat them — and they’re healthier for it, having lower rates of obesity, diabetes and other diet related diseases. Unfortunately, many North Carolinians have limited access to fresh produce in their community. And they may not have adequate transportation to get it somewhere else.
One way Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) can help reverse these unhealthy trends and increase access to healthy food is by creating more community gardens. That’s why BCBSNC is leading the Nourishing North Carolina initiative — to enhance or maintain at least one community garden in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties.
To help create the 100 community gardens — and sustain them well into the future — we’re partnering with the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association (NCRPA). The NCRPA is expanding an existing collaboration with local health departments, cooperative extension agencies and parks and recreation departments to initiate a comprehensive, statewide community gardens program.
To learn more about Nourishing North Carolina or the NCRPA, check out the links below: