FoodRX

Healthy food choices equate to a healthier life and general wellbeing. In collaboration with local hospitals and clinics, the Food Rx program brings nutrient-rich foods to food-insecure patients directly at discharge or at the end of an appointment – free of charge.

Food Rx breaks the barrier to a healthy diet by making nutritious, whole foods more accessible. Access to healthy foods can improve a person’s lifestyle, as well as certain health conditions like diabetes, congestive heart failure, and COPD.

How It Works

Feeding Tampa Bay will work with health care partners to open 5 food prescription programs in 2020. Partnering medical providers will screen patients using the Hunger Vital Sign screen tool to identify those who are food-insecure and have a co-occurring chronic condition or disease. Patients will receive a prescription to visit the food pharmacy at their location and collect specific foods aimed to address their diagnosis.

Initially, pharmacies will have fresh produce and appropriate shelf-stable items like whole wheat pasta or low-sodium pasta sauce. Eventually, pharmacies will also include chef-prepared, medically-tailored meals to take home.

Partnerships

The Food Rx program is only open to patients of designated partner sites.

Current Partnership Sites

Tampa General Healthpark
BayCare
Tampa Family Health Centers

Partnerships Coming Soon

Community Health Centers of Pinellas
Humana patient pilot
BayCare Bloomingdale HealthHub

Questions?

If you have questions about the program or are interested in becoming a Food Rx partner, please contact Kelley Brickfield at kbrickfield@feedingtampabay.org or 813-254-1190 ext 244.

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