- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Alcorn State University is joining with United Healthcare Community Plan of Mississippi to bring farm-fresh food to local communities.

WTVA-TV (https://bit.ly/1PFyY80 ) reports the “Farm to Fork” program provides free bags of farm-fresh produce to Community Plan members enrolled in the CHIP and MississippiCAN programs. The food will be distributed at The Link Centre in Tupelo on May 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The program was created after Mississippi ranked last in the nation for overall health in a 2014 report by America’s Health Rankings.

Officials say the program focuses on combating the state’s health issues, such as obesity, heart disease and certain cancers, with better eating.

The program is also scheduled to make stops in Mound Bayou, Meridian, Laurel, Brandon, Hattiesburg, Moss Point, Canton and Hernando this month.

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Information from: WTVA-TV, https://www.wtva.com

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