FoodNow – June 2019 Newsletter

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Healthy Food and Beverage Standards Adopted

Supporting our community in setting healthy food and beverage standards is key to ensuring our clients are receiving healthy meals.  The Taskforce has adopted healthy food and beverage standards and will be hosting community workshops in September.  Workshops will be an opportunity to educate organizations and provide resources to assist with the seamless adoption of healthy standards in their daily practice.  Detailed information will follow.

Covia’s Free Home Delivered Grocery Program

The Covia Home Delivered Grocery Program (HDGP) is available to homebound San Rafael and Novato older adults (60+) who are no longer able to get out and shop for themselves due to chronic illness, surgery or loss of license.  Participants pay only for the groceries.  Shopping and delivery are free.  The program can be used on a weekly, monthly, or for a short time while recovering from surgery or an illness.  HDGP is a partnership between Covia, Whistlestop and Safeway.  CalFresh EBT is accepted.  For more information call 415-899-8296 or email

Marin City Health and Wellness Food Pharmacy Continues to Grow

Marin City Health and Wellness Center (MCHWC) recently launched the sixth cohort of their Food Pharmacy program.  Twenty-seven participants attended the launch event. In addition to offering fresh produce, health checks, and cooking demonstrations the program provides the opportunity for clients to meet with a medical provider. The goal is to help strengthen the link between nutrition and physical health for clients. The Food Pharmacy program is expanding to the Bayview clinic located in San Francisco (affiliated with MCHWC). The clinics are working towards expanding the Health Education program to reach all clients.  The Marin City Food Pharmacy is highlighted in the Summer issue of  Edible Marin and Wine Country.

Rollin’ Root’s Ambassador Program

The Rollin’ Root mobile market staff have been busy. Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM) is happy to share that 5 older adults completed training to become Rollin’ Root Ambassadors this past April. Ambassadors assist with outreach and customer service at stops on the Thursday route. The Friday route has been active since March 15, serving four busy sites each week, and plans are underway for the third route to visit West Marin on Mondays, beginning this summer. Nutrition lessons are offered twice a month at four Rollin’ Root stops to encourage healthy eating, and we’re glad to announce that nutrition lessons, along with seasonal recipes, will also be offered on the West Marin route. Check out the Rollin’ Root schedule.

Marin Community Clinic Celebrates Seniors

Marin Community Clinics celebrated Senior National Health and Fitness day at the San Rafael Health Hub on May 29, 2019. Several community and provider organizations participated to share valuable information about available resources. Among those who participated were Marin Access-Marin Transit, Community Action Marin, In Home Supportive Services, Covia, YMCA, Zero Waste Marin, Marin General Hospital, HICAP, Ceres Community Project, Hospice by the Bay, and Marin Organizing Committee. We want to thank all attendees. Together we are helping to build a stronger and healthier senior community in Marin.

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Want to find out more about the work of the HEAL Collaborative?

Contact our Nutrition & Wellness Program Team:

HEAL Collaborative / Steering Committee
Ryan Thayer |
Nutrition & Wellness Program Manager

Canal Community Action Team
Oscar Guardado |
Bi-Lingual Community Health Education

Marin City Community Action Team
Elaini Negussie |
Senior Program Coordinator

West Marin Community Action Team
Jesica Rodriguez |
Food Security Program Coordinator