TORONTO, May 8, 2023 /CNW/ – Today, Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) released new data measuring the impact of a weekly “prescription” for fresh produce on low-income households.
Through the program, people who experience a variety of diet-related conditions are given a “Greens Rx” prescription by health care providers to be redeemed weekly for fresh produce at community markets.
Results show that not only does the prescription increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, but it also has a positive impact on people’s health, sense of belonging, and ability to make ends meet each month.
“The Market Greens program partners with community health and food organizations and has a goal to reduce financial barriers to health through good food access,” said Kathryn Scharf, Chief Program Officer at Community Food Centres Canada. “It is unacceptable that someone who is suffering from diabetes or cardiovascular disease be unable to afford the food they need to manage their health. This is just another way that poverty erodes peoples’ quality of life.”
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