Some Riverside’s Eastside residents get fruits, vegetables and health education – Press Enterprise


About 50 residents of Riverside’s Eastside will receive fruit, vegetable and health advice under a new program.

Clarissa Cervantes, seen Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at City Hall in Riverside, has partnered with California’s Molina Healthcare on a project to promote healthy eating in East Riverside. (File photo by Milka Soko, collaborating photographer)

Farm to Fork is a partnership between Molina Healthcare of California and Clarissa Cervantes, a member of the Riverside City Council, according to a press release from the city.

The initiative will help low-income residents who face chronic health conditions, giving them “fresh organic produce, health education and recipe cards delivered to their homes each month,” the statement said.

California’s Molina Healthcare donated $10,000 to purchase seeds for 5 to 10 pounds of produce to be harvested each week for the project, the statement said. Each month, a chef from Tre’Dish will host a virtual cooking demonstration to educate residents about nutrition and how to prepare healthy meals on a budget, according to the release.

“Knowledge of and access to healthy food is essential to the well-being of our communities,” Cervantes said in the statement. “We provide families with fresh, locally grown produce from the UC Riverside Community Garden, then give them the tools they need to create meals to feed their loved ones.”

Abbie Totten, plan president of California’s Molina Healthcare, praised the program.

“The health of our communities extends beyond routine medical visits,” Totten said in the statement. “It starts around the family dinner table.”

Other sponsors and partners include the city, the Riverside Community Health Foundation, World Be Well and Chef Oscar Fajardo.


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