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 illness. 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 our smallest partner farms, who sell food to Local Food Hub for the shares.

2021 Activities

Deliveries: Since April 2020, we’ve partnered with 4P Foods, Yellow Cab of Charlottesville, and Harvest Moon Catering to coordinate Fresh Farmacy.

Expansion: This year we expanded to new site partners, including reaching outside of Charlottesville through a partnership with the Fauquier Free Clinic. 

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.

Education: Each Fresh Farmacy bag includes educational materials that detail the produce items and farm sources, cooking and storage tips, and recipes. Materials are available in English and Spanish.

Long-term Access: We are working with farmers markets and food access partners to make fresh, healthy food more accessible and affordable, including the potential of expanded SNAP benefits at farmers markets and retailers.

Thank you, Local Food Hub supporters!

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