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CenCal Health Helps Meals That Connect Raise Significant Support for Seniors in Need

Jun 1, 2018

CenCal Health is a proud supporter of Meals That Connect, a San Luis Obispo County-based organization that serves nutritious noontime meals every weekday to more than 1,650 seniors throughout the community.

On May 12, Meals That Connect presented its 11th annual “Night of a Million Meals” fundraiser. The Monopoly-themed event raised more than $250,000, thanks in part to $100,000 in matching funds offered by CenCal Health.

“CenCal Health is a local health plan, and because of our involvement in the community, we realize that there are needs that extend beyond the walls of a hospital or physician’s office,” said Bob Freeman, CEO of CenCal Health. “We are honored to partner with outstanding organizations like Meals That Connect, and equally pleased that they’ve recognized CenCal Health’s ongoing commitment to residents throughout the Central Coast.”

Through this community partnership, CenCal Health is helping Meals That Connect in their mission to enhance health, restore dignity, promote independence and reduce isolation for aging residents in San Luis Obispo County. For seniors who are unable to leave their homes, Meals That Connect volunteers will personally deliver meals, using those visits as opportunities to check in on the seniors and provide emergency assistance if necessary.

Community Action Commission (CAC) of Santa Barbara County also recently recognized CenCal Health for its commitment to improving access to healthcare for nearly 180,000 families and seniors throughout the Central Coast. CenCal Health was honored at the CAC 12th Annual Champions Dinner along with retired CAC executive director Fran Forman and Hancock College superintendent Kevin Walthers.

Through its collaboration with both initiatives in the counties of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, CenCal Health seeks to improve the health of local seniors as well as promote their independence and reduce isolation.

Earlier this year, CenCal Health celebrated its 10th Anniversary of service to San Luis Obispo County residents. CenCal Health has grown from a local Medi-Cal plan to becoming one of the most prominent regional health insurance providers. They have been serving members in Santa Barbara County for 35 years now.

About Meals That Connect

Meals That Connect is a nonprofit organization serving daily nutritious meals to seniors in San Luis Obispo County. The organization was founded in 1965 and incorporated as a nonprofit in 1991. In addition to serving noontime meals in ten community service centers around the county, Meals That Connect delivers meals to homebound seniors. The connections made at the community service centers decrease isolation and improve socialization among the senior community. For more information on Meals That Connect, please visit

About CenCal Health

CenCal Health provides health insurance to the largest number of people on the Central Coast, providing health coverage for approximately 20 percent of residents in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. CenCal Health coverage is accepted by the vast majority of local health providers. CenCal Health also provides education and assistance to its members in order to reduce potential health problems from chronic illness such as diabetes and asthma. For more information, visit Find CenCal Health on Facebook.

Press Contact: Caitlin Trude/Juliana Minsky (805) 687-3322