Successful Farming Report: Produce Prescriptions, Financial Incentives Help Poor Eat More Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

“These programs work,” said Amy Yaroch, the executive director of the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition, and the head of the GusNIP Nutrition Incentive Program, Technical Assistance, Evaluation and Information Center, which led the evaluation. “There are so many wins across the board.”

The report looks at data from two types of programs: Nutrition incentive programs, which give SNAP recipients more money to spend on fruits and vegetables; and produce prescription projects that prescribe fresh fruits and vegetables to people at risk of food insecurity or chronic disease. All of the programs evaluated were funded by the USDA’s Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP). The evaluation covered the program’s second year, which ran from Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021.

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