FreshRx is a produce prescription program run by the New Mexico Farmers' Marketing Association (NMFMA) that provides incentives for patients to complement their current medical care by purchasing nutritious, New Mexico grown produce.
Patients with diet-related illnesses, such as obesity, heart disease, or hypertension, can add more vegetables and fruits to their meals through FreshRx.
FreshRx is grounded in the idea that food is medicine and in the conviction that everyone has the right to access high-quality, healthy food.
How Does It Work?
The program supplies food vouchers to partnered health clinics to distribute weekly to their patients, who could benefit from eating more fruits and vegetables. Participants can spend these food vouchers at farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture farms (CSAs) from spring to fall.
Addressing chronic health issues and food insecurity, while supporting local and sustainable agriculture, is the goal. FreshRx is a partnership between the NMFMA, federally qualified health clinics, farmers‘ markets, and CSAs across the state.
Fifteen federally funded clinics and 400 patients are currently involved in the program.
Health Clinic Partners:
- La Clinica de Familia (Las Cruces)
- La Familia Medical Center (Santa Fe)
- El Centro Community Health (Las Vegas, Española, Taos)
- Hidalgo Medical Services (Silver City)
- First Choice Community Health (Albuquerque, Belen, Los Lunas)
- Presbyterian Community Health (Albuquerque, Española, Socorro)
Patients wanting to participate in FreshRx can directly contact their local clinic for more information.
Clinics interested in implementing FreshRx and potential funders can email FreshRx Program Coordinator Kirsten Hansen.