Blue Door Neighborhood CenterSM in Morgan Park has teamed up with nonprofit Dion’s Chicago Dream and T. Castro Produce to provide residents easy access to fresh food.
"Each week, 175 families are going to have access to food and fresh produce," says Tiffany Davis, executive director quality improvement & health equity, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. "We're really excited about this. Our Medicaid, our Medicare, as well as community members that come into the Blue Door Neighborhood Center will have access to this."
Those who qualify will receive a code that they can take to BDNC Morgan Park, enter into the Dream Vault display screen and collect their food from one of several refrigerated lockers.
The Dream Vault in Morgan Park is part of BCBSIL's broader efforts to improve health equity and outcomes across the state. In the first half of 2023, BCBSIL purchased $2 million worth of food distributed by T. Castro at no cost to community events and pop-up farmers markets throughout Illinois.