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Comfort Food Community Awarded $125,000 from Highmark Blue Shield of NENY Blue Fund!

Comfort Food Community (CFC) is thrilled to announce that our organization was selected as a a grant recipient from the Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York Blue Fund.


CFC’s award, totaling $125,000, was part of $425,000 in grants to support four major health-based projects across the Capital Region that will have a positive impact on behavioral health, cardiovascular health, health care workforce development and healthy children.


Funds received will be used to support the reconstruction and renovation of 101 Fiddlers Elbow Road in Greenwich, NY­— the site of the new Food and Farm Hub by Comfort Food Community.


Comfort Food Community would like to thank all involved from Highmark Blue Shield of NENY and the Blue Fund. We are incredibly grateful for your support.


Check presentation at 101 Fiddlers Elbow Rd. Greenwich, NY.

Pictured left to right: Amie Collins (Board Member), Devin Bulger (CFC Executive Director), Debbie Anderson (Board Member), Julie Snyder (Blue Fund VP of Community Affairs), Tracey Martin (Board Member), Susan Sanderson (CFC Chief Development Officer), Maryann McGeorge (CFC), Catherine Littell (CFC Board Member))


Please see below for the official Press Release from Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York to learn more about the 2021 Blue Fund and its recipients.



Highmark of Northeastern New York (August 2020). Highmark Blue Shield Awards $425,000 in Blue Fund Grants to Health-Based Projects www.bsneny.com/content/neny/about/community/bluefund.html

Latham, N.Y. – Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York Blue Fund today announced $425,000 in grants to support four major health-based projects across the Capital Region that will have a positive impact on behavioral health, cardiovascular health, health care workforce development and healthy children.

2021 Blue Fund grant recipients include The Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Med; Comfort Food of Washington County; Saratoga Hospital Foundation; and St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation.

“Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York is dedicated to improving the health, well-being, and quality of life for individuals who reside in the communities we serve,” said Keith Dolan, Regional Executive, Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York. “Our Blue Fund grants support organizations who work collaboratively to address barriers to health, ultimately enhancing the overall health of our region.”

In 2020, the community-based, not-for-profit health insurer pivoted its traditional Blue Fund grant cycle to support the most critical and immediate community needs as a result of the pandemic. This included a $150,000 donation to the Capital Region Community COVID-19 Response Fund. In total, Highmark Blue Shield Blue Fund invested $300,000 into the Community in 2020.

Highmark Blue Shield launched the Blue Fund in July 2018, to support organizations and initiatives that work collaboratively to address key health areas and demonstrate enhanced measurable outcomes for the community. This cycle of grants, which are generated from the company’s investment reserves, not members’ premiums, brings the local health plan’s total investment through Blue Fund to more than $1.5 million.

Additionally, Highmark Blue Shield invested a total of $151,150 in 28 non-profit organizations in Northeastern New York in in the first half of 2021 for partnerships and sponsorships, supporting the region’s health.

Below are the recipients of the 2021 Blue Fund Grants:


The Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Med

Amount awarded: $100,000

Purpose: To support Albany Med CARES for Kids. The project will establish Albany Med Community Access Resources Education Support (CARES) for Kids, a mental health program that provides psychological support and screening at community sites, including schools and community centers, for underserved children and families residing in the Capital Region.

Comfort Food of Washington County

Amount awarded: $125,000

Purpose: To support Community Food Processing Kitchen. The project will construct, equip, and operate a commercial food processing kitchen to support Farm to School program for five local school districts as well as continued distribution to low-income families through the agency network in Washington, Warren, and Saratoga counties.

Saratoga Hospital Foundation

Amount awarded: $100,000

Purpose: To support Establishing Saratoga Hospital as a New York State Designated Primary Stroke Center. The project will enhance and expand stroke services for residents of the Saratoga Region by supporting education, equipment, and certification costs associated with establishing Saratoga Hospital as a Joint Commission-American Heart Association certified and a NYS Designated Primary Stroke Center.

St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation

Amount awarded: $100,000

Purpose: To support Feeding a Healthy Future. The project will address childhood obesity by providing opportunities for physical activity, education on healthy food choices, and proper dental care, as well as increased access to healthy food for youth from low-income households.

To learn more about Blue Fund, visit www.bsneny.com/bluefund.


About Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York

Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York is a trade name of Highmark Western and Northeastern New York Inc., an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Since 1946, Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York has helped millions of people lead healthier lives. Blue Shield offers a full range of insured, self-insured, and government programs and services covering businesses, families, and individuals, as well as dental and vision plans and stop-loss coverage. As a community-based, not-for-profit health plan, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield contributes significantly to organizations that strengthen and enrich the health of the community.

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About Blue Fund

Blue Fund, funded solely by Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York, awards major grants in the Capital Region, totaling approximately $300,000 to $400,000 annually, to organizations and initiatives that have a positive impact on key health areas and will demonstrate enhanced measurable outcomes for community health metrics. These include behavioral health, cardiovascular health, health care workforce development and healthy children. Blue Fund complements Blue Shield's current corporate giving program of partnerships and sponsorships which saw community investments of more than $250,000 in Northeastern New York in 2020.

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