Veggie Rx program is just what the doctor ordered

Through the Veggie Rx program, patients get access to fresh vegetables — for free — and recipes to help incorporate them into their meals.

The Fairview Roselawn Clinic is buzzing with activity on a summer afternoon. It’s Wednesday and some patients are checking into their appointment and others are anxiously waiting to pick up a bag of locally grown vegetables.

These patients are part of Veggie Rx. The program provides primary care physicians at participating clinics a tool to address the needs of patients who are experiencing food insecurity and diet-related chronic disease. Patients get access to fresh vegetables — for free — and recipes to help incorporate them into their meals.

“Our staff care so much about the patients we work with and it’s frustrating to see them struggle with things like food insecurity and not be able to help,” said Family Medicine Physician James Letts, MD,  a member of the Fairview Roselawn Clinic staff. “Through this program, we’re able to help people put nutritious food on the table and improve health outcomes.”

The program was developed by the Fairview Community Advancement program in partnership with the Hmong American Farmers Association, and is supported by generous gifts from Fairview employees and other donors.

“Given what we know about how much of a person’s health is determined by social and community factors outside of traditional healthcare, I think it’s important to support amazing work in the community,” Letts said. “Together, we make a big difference.”

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