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

Table of food

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.


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

Current Healthcare Partner Sites
  • BayCare Medical Group, Plant City
  • Premier Community Healthcare
  • James A Haley VA, Tampa
  • Evara Health
  • Bay Pines VA Healthcare system
  • Tampa Family Health Centers
  • TGH Healthpark

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 or 813-710-2839.

Program Sponsors and Partners

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Humana Foundation logo
USF logo
Florida Blue logo
Florida Blue Foundation logo
Baycare Medical Group logo
Tampa General Hospital logo
Simply healthcare
Evara Health logo
Tampa Family Health Centers logo
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