UPHP’s Community Resource Fair assists struggling households in area

MARQUETTE — With the effects of the COVID pandemic still prevalent in the UP, several organizations came together today to help those that are struggling.

Upper Peninsula Health Plan, along with the Superior Health Foundation, Grow & Lead and Feed America, teamed up for the second–annual Marquette County Community Resource Fair.

As the COVID–19 pandemic puts further strain on local households, the fair assists community members in a variety of ways.

“It’s clear, even prior to the pandemic, that people really need help with basic needs,” said UPHP CEO Melissa Holmquist. “A lot goes into a person’s health outside of doctor’s appointments or prescriptions: access to healthy food, transportation, assistance with utilities. Those are all really important to individuals, and we’re here to help them get information about resources, and make sure they have the tools they need to work with community organizations.”

UPHP filled over 300 tote bags of essential items, including thermometers, hand sanitizer, information for programs and resources, among other things.

Footballs, basketballs and soccer balls were given to families with children, to encourage outdoor activities during the summer months.

Due to the success of the first two years of the event, UPHP is considering an expansion to other communities in need.