Vecinos Farmworker Health Program received a $10,000 grant from Nantahala Health Foundation, which partners and collaborates with local organizations to improve the health and well-being of Western North Carolinians, to fund a new vehicle to safely transport farmworkers to-and-from medical appointments.

Vecinos Farmworker Health Program is a nonprofit health care organization addressing the wellness of farmworkers and their families with health care, education, community partnerships and advocacy, covering about 3,500 square miles across eight counties in Western North Carolina.

Grant funds from Nantahala Health Foundation will be used to purchase a new vehicle to support Vecinos staff in covering these miles addressing current needs of patients and brace for those of the future, with reliable and safe transportation. Their medical and outreach teams have been working tirelessly to reach our regions farmworkers, providing education lessons and materials, medication, support supplies and testing surrounding COVID-19, and other primary and behavior health care matters.

“Language and transportation are some of the biggest barriers Vecinos sees, both for migrant and seasonal farmworkers” said Marianne Martinez, director of Vecinos Farmworker Health Program. “Having reliable transportation is critical to ensuring access to healthcare for our patients. Vecinos is grateful to Nantahala for their continued support, especially as farmworkers are disproportionately affected by COVID.”