A new way to distribute fresh food in Mississippi
Foot Print Farms, Mississippi’s largest urban farm, is led by Dr. Cindy Ayers Elliott, a former Wall Street investment banker who returned to Mississippi to take on the issue of food deserts and the lack of access to fresh food in the state. The 68-acre farm grows specialty crops and seasonal vegetables and also raises livestock. Its mission is to provide fresh produce and to teach young people every aspect of the growing process, including marketing.
During the 2022 Farm to Fork initiative, we helped Foot Print Farms distribute 2,850 boxes of fresh vegetables at 23 distribution events in 11 communities throughout the state. Each box weighed roughly 15 pounds, which translates to about 21 tons of fresh food distributed.
Innovations to improve whole-person health
Food insecurity is a persistent barrier to whole-person health in Mississippi. As part of the communities we serve, UnitedHealthcare is committed to partnering with local organizations like Foot Print Farms to deploy solutions that support better health.