Fruit and Veggie Prescriptions Give Low-Income Families a Leg Up to Tackle Obesity

Grist recently featured the fruit and veggie prescription program, Fruit and Veggie Rx. The program works with health clinics to give vouchers to low-income and obese families that are redeemable at local farmers’ markets. This simple, family-based approach ensures that healthy eating habits are supported by access to the freshest, most nutritious food available and keeps dollars in the community by supporting local farmers. The article cited pilots of this program in Maine and Washington, D.C., but could have included Berkeley too! The Ecology Center is proud to be a local partner for this program, which we’ve seen first hand is an effective vehicle to connect low-income families with healthy, local food, and farmers with dollars. Head to Grist to read the full article

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