Partnership Looks to Improve Patient Health Through Healthy Foods
Mid-Ohio Foodbank wants to reduce chronic health conditions
Organizers say they are seeing signs of success from a program that partners health-care practitioners with Mid-Ohio Foodbank pantries to provide patients in need with prescriptions for fresh fruits and vegetables. Patients who receive prescriptions can access produce at any of a dozen of pantries on a weekly basis as opposed to the standard monthly schedule.
A partnership between the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and a handful of care providers is looking to reduce chronic health conditions by arming patients with prescriptions that give them more frequent access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Through the Mid-Ohio Farmacy program, also referred to as Produce Connect, patients are screened for food insecurity by being asked how often, in the past year, the food they bought ran out and they lacked the money to buy more, or they worried that food would run out before they had money to buy more.
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