Food is medicine. Fruit and Vegetable Prescription programs are a new initiative that we are launching with the SNAP-Education team. Health care centers bridge patients to our nutrition, budgeting, and healthy lifestyle classes and to vouchers for free foods to support nutrition at home.
For many, the obstacles to eating well are overwhelming, especially when struggling with limited resources. This program seeks to increase access and affordability of healthy foods through collaborations between healthcare facilities and community-based organizations.
As patients are screened for food insecurity, they receive guidance and resources to assist them, including an invitation to the FVRx program. The program connects the community to classes about nutrition and budget tips, as well as helping individuals to navigate programs available to support sustained food access locally. Vouchers are provided to each participant, so they can walk out and immediately access free fruits and vegetables at local vendors.
For many, tight budgets lead to a dual crisis of illness and hunger. This project aims to be one piece of the solution to these issues.
Using Produce Bucks
Have you participated in one of our FVRx classes? If so, you probably received a few of our produce bucks. Great! Here is where you can use those vouchers. This list will grow over time, so check back to see if more stores have been added to the list.
FeedMore WNY’s new farm markets – FeedMore has launched a few new farm markets this summer and all of their vans, at any of their stops, accept our Produce Bucks
– MAP’s market stops in communities across Buffalo. A schedule of stops is posted weekly on their social media. Follow @massaveproject & turn on notifications to receive real-time updates. You can also check out their website for more details. https://www.mass-ave.org/find-our-truck
Find more info about Produce Bucks Here.
We are currently collaborating with Jericho Road Community Health Center’s Broadway location in Buffalo, NY. Jericho Road Community Health Center staff are writing fruit and vegetable “prescriptions” for patients. The Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, commonly referred to as FVRx, aims to reach patients who are medically at risk or have a diet-related chronic disease (i.e. high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, obesity etc.), and those who struggle to purchase healthy foods for their families.
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If you're interested in learning more about the program, enrolling, or sponsorship send an email to Melissa Kimbrell, SNAP-Ed Regional Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a health center that would like to build a program, or if you sell any vegetables and would like to accept our vouchers, please reach out at SNAPEdWNY@gmail.com .
Last updated February 17, 2022