From June through September, about 100 families in Grand Ronde and Salem will receive a variety of farm-grown vegetables each week to help them manage diet-related disease. Participants also receive cooking and nutrition education support to establish health improving dietary habits.
The Food Share’s Farm Share Rx program is a partnership with three local medical clinics, Mama T’s farm in Willamina, our own Youth Farm in northeast Salem, and OSU Extension Service. Patients managing or at risk of diet-related disease are enrolled in the program by a health care professional to receive 14 weeks of free produce.
Last year, the program aided 93 patients whose households comprised 217 adults and 130 children. About three-fourths of those enrolled said they felt their health had improved by the end of the program. All were thankful for the infusion of fresh produce to their diet.