Produce Prescription Program (Produce Rx)
After 7 years of working with farmers markets across the city, we’re excited to announce that Produce Rx is entering a new stage in a formal partnership with Giant Foods, AmeriHealth Caritas of Washington DC, and the DC Department of Health.
Produce Rx allows medical professionals to prescribe fresh fruit and vegetables to patients experiencing diet-related chronic illnesses, while offering clinics additional support for patients living in poverty. The Alabama Avenue Giant Food location is the only full-service grocery store in DC’s Ward 8 and will serve as the primary pharmacy and grocery store location for Produce Rx patients. Participating patients receive a $20 coupon per week to spend on produce, as well as wrap-around nutrition education from AmeriHealth Caritas and store-tours from Giant’s in-store nutritionist. Launching with an initial 500 patients, Produce Rx is designed to integrate healthy food access into the healthcare system, and to strengthen clinical tools for addressing patients’ needs.
Join us for our kickoff event on April 24th!