Ten nonprofits across the state will each receive $100,000 from BCBCNC to impact the health of North Carolina residents.
"We picked $1 million and 10 grant recipients to receive $100,000 each," BCBSNC Chairman Bradley Wilson said.
The organizations say the donation is needed, because many of them have been hit hard in the tight economy.
"This gives us more energy you get so drained because you're fighting to keep the programs going," said Jill Staton Bullard with Interfaith Food Shuttle.
Bullard runs the Interfaith Food Shuttle in Raleigh. The organization feeds families and is one of the grant recipients.
"We're going to work on getting more food to their families were going to do it through nutrition and cooking classes," she said.
Along with the Interfaith Food Shuttle, Access East in Greenville, Be Active NC: Be Active Kids Morrisville, Brody School of Med at ECU, Communities In Schools of Moore County, The Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Inc., Diabetes Mgmt Solutions: Diabetes Bus of Raleigh, NC Assoc of Free Clinics in Winston-Salem, NC Partnership for Children in Raleigh and Student Action with Farmworkers in Durham are the nonprofits receiving money.
BCBSNC officials say the grants were a surprise to the organizations.
"They have been prior grant recipients and have demonstrated great accountability," Wilson said.
The $1 million grant will be used by each nonprofits mission, but the hope is it will improve the health and well being of many North Carolinians.