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A New Type of Prescription

During the summer 2016 grant cycle, the Foundation partnered with the John P. Murray Community Care Clinic for a new and innovative grant – a prescription for fruits and vegetables. An idea, inspired by a similar program in Rowan County, to get fresh, healthy food into the kitchens of clinic patients. The Community Care Clinic cares for many patients dealing with chronic diseases like diabetes or high blood pressure. These diseases can be managed by medicine, but can also be positively impacted by a healthy diet. The first year of the grant was a success! Patients were given vouchers for $5 of [solely] fruits and vegetables from our local farmers’ markets. In addition to spending their vouchers, patients developed relationships with farmers that led to great recipes and preparation tips. The Foundation was excited to bring this new prescription to life and to see the positive impact on clinic patients as well as on our community farmers. Many thanks to our generous community and employee donors who make these grants possible!