What if we got prescriptions for food?

I’ve heard about these programs before but was excited to come across this article from the New York Times blog that describes it so well. The program provides a prescription to participants for fruits and vegetables, mostly to be bought from local farmer’s markets. The farmers are reimbursed by the program at full price. Everybody wins, people who lack access to fruits and vegetables get the chance to eat more of them and farmers sell more produce to those in their community. Obviously many of our nation’s health issues are complicated but it seems that programs such as this one that are innovative, creative and bring multiple groups together is a step in the right direction. There seem to be so many depressing articles about the state of our nation’s health. I always get excited when I find these stories about people working together to strengthen community and to actually address some of our problems!