This week, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County was named as one of 43 recipients of the GusNIP program’s Produce Perscription funding. The program is used by healthcare providers to create “prescriptions” for fresh fruit and vegetables. Prescribing health is the name of the game.
Cornell Cooperative Extension’s new dose of funding will be converted into the North Country Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program. Referred patients across Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton and Essex counties will receive $25 in vouchers for fresh produce at each in a series of six weekly workshops. Those workshops will be run by SNAP nutrition educators and will include lessons in creating a balanced diet, as well as information for stretching food dollars and preparing healthier recipes at home.
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