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 is working with health care partners to open food prescription programs. Partnering medical providers 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 then receive a prescription to visit the food pharmacy at their location and collect specific foods aimed to address their diagnosis.

Currently, pharmacies offer 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
Community Health Centers of Pinellas
BayCare Bloomingdale HealthHub
Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
Humana

Partnerships Coming Soon

Largo Medical Center at Indian Rocks

Questions?

The Food Rx program is only open to patients of designated partner sites. If you are a patient of one of our partner clinics and would like to learn more about your potential eligibility for Food Rx, please reach out to your medical provider. If you are a medical clinic looking to become a Food Rx partner, please contact Kelley Brickfield at kbrickfield@feedingtampabay.org or 813-710-2839.

Program Sponsors and Partners