Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program

Operation Food Search invited Fair Shares to be the food provider in a new Fruit and Vegetable Prescription program they created at the CareSTL Health clinic. This pilot, along with the Fresh Rx program, is another great food-as-medicine resource that Fair Shares is excited to be involved with. Here's how it works: 

- Each week, an Operation Food Search dietitian conducts a recipe demo using one or more of the ingredients from the Fresh Fruit & Veggie Box.

- All CareSTL Health clients are able to participate in the recipe demonstration and sampling.

- Patients with a Fresh Fruit & Veggie Prescription from their doctor will be able to claim a bag of Fair Shares produce. The “Prescription” include six “tickets” on it, one to redeem each week.

OFS provides a simple nutrition-related handout each week on a topic relevant to diabetic and hypertensive patients.

Participants in the program will fill out surveys and we are hoping that health improvement results might make this pilot project a viable ongoing program. 


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We are very happy to have our products included in shares through Fair Shares.  The folks at Fair Shares have set-up a great distribution schedule that works with smaller scale local farmers taking into account weekly and seasonal limitations in harvesting. The staff at Fair Shares are easy to work with, being both friendly and professional.  They have been very straightforward about their needs and those that the share members represent. We look forward to growing with Fair Shares!

Bobbi Sandwisch, Live Springs Farm, Carrollton, IL 100% Grassfed Beef, Pasture-Raised Pork, Chicken, and Eggs