Food Access

Fresh Farmacy

Local Food Hub seeks to ensure that everyone, regardless of demographics or address, can easily access healthy local food. We launched the Fresh Farmacy: Fruit and Veggie Prescription Program to serve people with low food access and who are at risk for diet related disease. In its first five years, the program partnered with six health clinics and served almost 300 people a year. In response to the pandemic, we more than doubled the participants the program serves, expanded the season, began providing shares weekly instead of biweekly, and offered home delivery. Fresh Farmacy also has served as a lifeline for some of the smallest farms in the network, which provide most of the food for the shares.

2021 Activities

Deliveries: We will continue to coordinate weekly deliveries of Fresh Farmacy shares, create educational materials, and manage partnerships.

Expansion and replication: We are expanding to new Charlottesville sites and replicating the program outside of Charlottesville, with the first pilots taking place in Fauquier County and in Petersburg. 

Support: We work with other food relief organizations to get fresh produce into emergency food programs, and continue to support school meal coordination and farm to school efforts.

Nutrition Education: We are seeking to expand nutrition education efforts affiliated with the program. 

Long-term Access: We are working with farmers markets (see above) to make them more accessible and affordable, including the potential of expanded SNAP benefits.

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