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Prescription Produce Plan

Health starts here.

The Prescription Produce Plan works primarily with health care providers to help individuals and their families overcome barriers to healthy eating through weekly prescriptions of produce, health checks, kitchen supplies, and hands-on cooking classes.

This site-based program is offered in collaborative partnership with Bon Secours Richmond Health System, the VCU Health and Wellness Program, and Health Brigade. Together with our clinical partners, this program aims to help families struggling with diet related chronic disease, such as diabetes and hypertension, make connections between diet and health. Each year we offer 8 cohorts, reaching 85 families, and distribute 14,000 servings of produce.

A Year of Impact

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100+

Participating Households
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92%

Participants Felt Healthier
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14,466

Servings Distributed

The Prescription Produce Plan program aims to measure both behavioral and biometric changes as a result of the program. On average 92% of participants report feeling healthier and 90% of participants report an increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables as a result of the program.

We’ve even seen cohorts of Prescription Produce Plan participants see an average decrease of 2.2 in their A1C levels. One participant, Ms. T was able to decrease her A1C from 6.1 to 5.5, meaning she is no longer in the pre-diabetic range. Ms. T. credits this unique program partnership that combines nutrition information, food skills education, and free fresh produce as critical to her success.


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