They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and since July, Seattle-area doctors have been prescribing apples to do just that. Well, a prescription of fruits and vegetables that is, thanks to Fresh Bucks Rx. A new offshoot of the Seattle Fresh Bucks program, Fresh Bucks Rx allows healthcare providers to write produce prescriptions for their patients. This prescription is then redeemed at farmers markets throughout King County for Fresh Bucks tokens, which act as cash for produce purchases.
Experts recommend that we eat five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a daily as part of a balanced diet. However, food security and lack of access to nutritious food is an ongoing issue for low-income individuals here in Seattle and beyond, therefore hindering their ability to eat well consistently..
With Fresh Bucks Rx, the hope is to better connect healthcare providers, farmers markets, and low-income families, by providing access and support to increase their fruit and vegetable consumption. Consider the farmers market the new neighborhood “Farmacy” and come get your dose of nutrition every Sunday at the Ballard Farmers Market.
As of this writing, the two Fresh Bucks Rx-participating providers in Seattle are Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic and Harborview Medical Center.