On June 19, 2020, Upper Peninsula Health Plan (UPHP) held the second annual Marquette County Resource Fair that helped to connect residents of the county with health and social service community-based organizations (CBOs) to help address social determinant of health needs. As part of the fair, UPHP sponsored the Feeding America Mobile Food Truck to be onsite, passed out tote bags full of essential items and informational resources from the CBOs, and were able to provide sports balls to families to encourage physical activity with support from Grow and Lead and the Superior Health Foundation.
This year’s fair looked a bit different as it was held in a drive-thru “Express Style” due to COVID-19, but it was still a successful event. Nearly 18,000 pounds of food were distributed to families in need. It is estimated that the event served 270 households including:
- 669 total people
- 192 senior citizens
- 180 children
- 61 veterans
“Now more than ever, people need help,” said UPHP Chief Executive Officer Melissa Holmquist. “There are a lot of people who have lost their jobs and livelihood as a result of the pandemic, and may be unaware of the community resources available to help them. We hope this event helped to make that connection, and provide people with the goods and services they need to get through this difficult time.”back to blog