Fruit and Vegetable Prescription®
(FVRx®) Program

Remember the saying  “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”?

For some families going to the doctor for diet-related illnesses like Type 2 diabetes, having a low income, and lack of easy access or transportation to farmers markets keeps healthy food like apples out of reach.

The Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx) connects healthcare providers, farmers markets and families with diet-related illnesses, by providing the access, support, and funding needed to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. In 2016, Wholesome Wave Georgia is participating in Wholesome Wave's FVRx national network to implement the program with the Harrisburg Family Healthcare Clinic and Veggie Truck Farmers Market in Augusta, GA and with Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA.

How Does the Program Work?

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“I did not realize how little we were eating of fresh fruits and veggies. We always bypassed most of them because they were more expensive than the canned ones. But for the last 2 weeks we have had at least 4 servings a day with the variety of things we’ve gotten” -FVRx Participant
“I was always big on prescribing cheap prescriptions to my patients. I had never thought about prescribing food. My patients were not going to the farmers markets, they were buying the 4 for $4 at Wendy’s. I saw the endless cycle of health problems created by food and what my patients were eating. Food affects everything, it affects my patient’s lives in so many ways. The Rx program completely changed the way I prescribed medicine. Now I prescribe food. I’ve also seen the FVRx patients blossom socially and emotionally as part of the FVRx group.” -FVRx Provider