Fresh Prescription is a fruit and vegetable prescription program that brings together the healthcare system and the food system, fostering innovative relationships to build a healthy sustainable food system in Detroit. This promising approach to a healthier food system connects patients to fresh, locally-grown produce while providing direct economic benefits to small and midsize farmers.
Participants are referred to the Fresh Prescription program by their primary care physician. The clinician gives the participants a "prescription" to eat more fruits and vegetables and helps set goals for healthy eating. Patients fill their prescription at a partnering farm stand or market, where they also receive nutrition counseling, cooking demonstrations, and other educational support for making meaningful, healthy eating changes.