Fresh Bucks RX addresses health disparities  

Electronic Benefits Transfer-eligible clients can now enjoy more fruits and vegetables with Fresh Bucks Rx prescriptions redeemable at participating farmers markets in King County.

“Fresh Bucks Rx addresses health disparities in low-income communities across Washington,” says Mara Andrus, RD, CD. “Prescriptions were dispensed at Columbia Public Health Center and Kaiser-Rainier Valley.”

Thanks to Fresh Bucks Rx, 41 families will be able to redeem Fresh Buck Rx throughout the summer – a value of $15,000 for local, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables.

Public Health – Seattle & King County is a partner of the Washington State Department of Health’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant.

FINI funds support Fresh Bucks Rx, which make it easier for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to afford more fruits and vegetables.

“The goal of Fresh Bucks Rx is to increase the frequency of fruit and vegetable consumption among SNAP clients. Depending on what happens next year, we might be able to get more funding for the program,” says Mara.

Fresh Bucks and Fresh Bucks Rx supports Executive Constantine’s Local Food Initiative goal of increasing access to healthy, affordable food in low-income communities.

Visit the Fresh Bucks webpage to learn more.