SOURCE: Ag-Mart Produce

Ag-Mart Produce

August 27, 2009 14:26 ET

Ag-Mart Produce Partners With Community Health Care, Inc. to Facilitate Access to Healthcare for Seasonal Employees

CEDARVILLE, NJ--(Marketwire - August 27, 2009) - Ag-Mart Produce has announced a formal partnership with area non-profit Community Health Care, Inc. (CHCI) to help close the healthcare gap for seasonal workers by facilitating access to medical services at the company's farm site in Cedarville, N.J.

The partnership represents another example of Ag-Mart Produce's commitment to improving the opportunities of its employees in the areas of wellness care, education and the environment. The relationship creates a unique employer-healthcare provider relationship that helps ensure healthcare access for employees who are only in New Jersey for the growing season.

Representatives from CHCI will visit the Ag-Mart farm during orientation for new workers to introduce them to the organization's health services, which are affordable and pro-rated based upon income with the first visit for new employees free. CHCI will also provide free education about the new swine flu. By facilitating access to these critical services, Ag-Mart can maximize the availability of healthcare to its workforce.

"Ag-Mart Produce is committed to preserving the health of all employees and proud to partner with Community Health Care, Inc. to help achieve this goal," said Kevin Delaney, Director of Sustainability and Productivity at Ag-Mart. "CHCI has a proven track record of providing excellent healthcare not only to local families in need of assistance, but also to its own board of directors whom receive medical services from the organization."

"The nature of the farming industry can create a tenuous healthcare situation for many seasonal workers and their families who risk falling through the cracks and not receiving the basic medical care necessary to sustain health," said Gil Walter, President and C.E.O. at Community Health Care, Inc., which serves vulnerable populations throughout Cumberland, Gloucester and Cape May Counties. "Through this partnership, it will be easier to reach the workers and their families directly, which in turn will more readily allow them to receive the critical care they need."

Ag-Mart Produce (www.agmartproduce.com), based in Plant City, Fla., is a grower and shipper of both organic and conventional tomatoes, specializing mainly in the grape and heirloom varieties. It operates in multiple growing regions, including three in Florida, one in North Carolina and one in New Jersey, in order to maintain year-round availability for its customers. Ag-Mart operates with a focus on food safety and a commitment to continually develop better sustainable growing practices.

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