At the root of good health is good, fresh food.
Every day, Farm Corps Members engage in work that increases food security for Vermonters. Our crews work hard to grow, glean, pack, and deliver vegetables for the Health Care Share program, which provides food-insecure families with fresh food and nutrition education at their doctor’s office. Each week of the growing season, more than 500 families receive a share of vegetables and herbs grown by Vermont youth in their communities.
Medical professionals at Central Vermont, University of Vermont, and Rutland Regional Medical Centers, as well as North Country Hospital, identify patient and employee families who are experiencing hunger or a diet related illness. Health care providers “prescribe” fresh vegetables and a more nutritious diet for their patients – a unique approach to preventative medicine and public health. Food then is distributed to member-families through primary care clinics.
Through classes and workshops, Health Care Share participants gain tools to maintain a healthy diet, shop on a budget, and cook and eat fresh food. Weekly newsletters include farm news and recipe information, and Hunger Free Vermont’s The Learning Kitchen is available to participants.
Every day on the farm, we engage young people in work that increases food security for all Vermonters. Vermont is the 9th hungriest state in the nation. In a state of 626,000 people, 90,000 Vermonters (14%) are food-insecure. Children living in food insecure homes are at greater risk for poor health, developmental delays, poor academic achievement, depression, and aggressive or hyperactive behavior. Lack of access to, or familiarity with, fresh produce and poultry are barriers to a healthy diet and lifestyle.
See locations where the Health Care Share is available.
Contact Paul Feenan at email@example.com to learn how to bring the Health Care Share to your community.
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