Produce Prescription Program (Produce Rx)
In 2019, we launched the pilot Produce Rx Program with 500 initial patients in partnership with Giant Food, AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia, 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. Produce Rx is designed to integrate healthy food access into the healthcare system, and to strengthen clinical tools for addressing patients’ needs.
Please contact Andrea Talhami, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information about DC Greens’ Produce Rx program.