DC Greens is working to generate a city-wide expectation that food access is a priority for DC. Our food access programs work to cultivate culturally relevant and dignified spaces for people to grow, access and purchase food.
The Produce Plus Program is a farmers market nutrition incentive program designed to connect DC residents with healthy food. Through the program, DC residents who receive: Medicaid, SNAP, WIC, TANF, SSI Disability, Medicare QMB, or Senior Grocery Plus can get $10 per farmers’ market visit up to two times per week to spend on fresh fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs. Review our program information and outcomes.
In 2012, we launched a produce prescription program in collaboration with Unity Health Care and Wholesome Wave. Since then, more than 1500 DC residents have received prescriptions from their doctors for free farmers’ market produce. These prescriptions can be filled at participating “farmacies,” expanding access to affordable nutrition. With close tracking on both the health center and market side, the Prescription Program provides essential data on the value of nutrition-based health interventions. Take a look at what participants learn throughout the season: check out our seasonal ingredient one-pagers in English and Spanish. Contact Ellie Fausold for more information.
The K Street Farm is a ¾ acre demonstration farm in downtown Washington, DC (see map for location) used to educate community members about food access issues in our city and engage them as advocates for food justice. The farm is home to 5,000 square feet of growing space, honey bee hives, egg-laying chickens, a variety of fruit trees, and many perennial herbs and flowers. Contact Kate Lee for more information.