On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, Joany Titherington, of NeighborWorks Sacramento, was recognized as a Community Champion by Molina Healthcare of California for her outstanding work managing NeighborWorks Sacramento’s Oak Park Farmers Market and the Farmers Market at U.C. Davis Health, which provides families and individuals in the Sacramento community with access to healthy foods.
The Community Champions Awards Dinner, held at the Sacramento Hilton on Wednesday evening, celebrated local “unsung heroes” who go above and beyond to improve the lives of people in need. At the awards dinner, Joany, nominated by Senator Richard Pan, was presented a $3,000 grant, which she chose to donate to NeighborWorks Sacramento’s Oak Park Farmers Market.
“I am honored to be nominated by Sen. Pan and be recognized as a Community Champion,” said Joany Titherington, manager of the Oak Park Farmers Market and Farmers Market at U.C. Davis Health. “It’s been a concerted effort to provide underserved families with access to healthy foods and nutritional education. The $3,000 grant award from Molina will help us further engage families in our communities – and get their kids in the kitchen!”
The grant award will be used to support NeighborWorks’ “Kids in the Kitchen: Cooking Competition” on Saturday September 14, which pairs children and chefs from our community to compete in a team cooking competition, utilizing healthy food from the Oak Park Farmers Market.
“We were thrilled to honor Joany Titherington as one of our Community Champions this year after learning about her incredible work from Senator Richard Pan,” said John Kotal, president of Molina Healthcare of California. “Joany’s success creating a local farmer’s market provides people with access to nutritious foods that they wouldn’t have otherwise, and as a result, is strengthening the community as a whole. We look forward to seeing how Joany uses her Community Champions grant to continue improving the health and well-being of others.”