Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program

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South Central NY FVRx Program

Adults with very low food security are 53% more likely to have a chronic illness, and have 47% more emergency room visits and hospital admissions.

Through the South Central NY Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx), we’re working to prevent these and other impacts of high rates of food insecurity and diet-related disease by utilizing our regions agricultural resources.

The FVRx program allows health care providers in the community to write prescriptions for fresh fruits and vegetables. Patients receive vouchers to spend at local farmers’ markets, farms stands, and other retail options – giving additional purchasing power to people who need it most. Participants receive support and education throughout the program, and can attend additional nutrition, cooking, gardening, and chronic disease self-management classes.

The program was launched as a pilot in 2017 with two primary care offices, and has expanded for 2018. This summer it will be offered in 12 primary care office across 3 counties, to reach at least 230 individuals and their families.

The FVRx program is made possible by funding from Care Compass Network and United Way of Broome County, and powered by Wholesome Wave. Local partners include:

  • Lourdes/Ascension
  • United Health Services (UHS)
  • Binghamton University
  • VINES: Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments
  • Broome County Council of Churches/CHOW
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome
  • County Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County
  • Food Bank of the Southern Tier

Want to learn more or find out how to partner? Contact Erin Summerlee, FaHN Director at fahncoordinator@rhnscny.org or 607-692-7669.