A food system is only as good as it is equitable, and from the start Local Food Hub has worked to ensure that all members of our community have access to fresh, healthy food. Our food access programs are also designed to help small family farms survive and thrive by providing a valuable market outlet for their products.
The Fresh Farmacy: Fruit and Veggie Prescription Program was established in 2015 to provide biweekly shares of local fruit and vegetables to those members of our community who have limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables and suffer from diet-related diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. In addition to the bounty in each share, participants receive program support materials designed to build confidence in cooking and eating locally and seasonally, plus tips for safe storage and handling of produce at home. Local Food Hub is responsible for program development, management, and fundraising, while the shares are packed and delivered by 4P Foods.
From the start, the program has been a tremendous success: Biometric data demonstrates improvements in weight and blood pressure, and surveys and focus groups provide many examples of improved wellness such as changes in dietary habits, reduction in medications, confidence to begin an exercise program, and improvements in energy level and overall health.