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Produce Rx

DC Greens’ award-winning produce prescription program, Produce Rx, allows medical professionals to prescribe fresh fruits and vegetables to DC Medicaid-enrolled patients who are experiencing a diet-related chronic illness. Program participants receive monthly funds using a preloaded produce prescription card for one full year, which they can use to shop at participating grocery retailers. Produce Rx is part of DC Greens’ work in Food Is Medicine, which aims to increase access to critical nutrition programs through D.C.’s health care system. 

Para aprender más de Produce Rx en Español, puede contactar el equipo por correo electrónico producerx@dcgreens.org o llamarnos a 202.601.9200 (oprima 220 o 221). 

2023 Stats

families enrolled
across all eight D.C. wards
0 +
spent on fresh
fruits and vegetables
$ 0
of nutrition education
programming provided
0 Hours
The Medical Society of D.C.'s 2024 John Benjamin Nichols Award Winner: Produce Rx by DC Greens

How It Works

Through our program, participating medical providers identify patients receiving Medicaid who have been diagnosed with a diet-related chronic illness and are also facing barriers to food access. Providers enroll the patient in our program for one year and prescribe them fruits and vegetables. 

Once enrolled, our Produce Rx program provides the patient with monthly funds to buy those fresh fruits and vegetables using a Fresh Connect* card, which works like a preloaded debit card. When patients shop at participating grocery store retailers. Participants simply swipe their card at checkout, and the produce purchases are removed from their grocery bill.

To remain in the program, participants have a required check-up with their health care provider at six months. This touch point with the health care system is what drives the Food Is Medicine intervention. It also facilitates the patient’s engagement in their own health journey.

*About Fresh Focused Incentive Mastercard® Prepaid Card 

How To Participate in Produce Rx

Produce Rx partners with clinics in the District to identify and enroll eligible patients. To participate in the program, patients must be: 

  1. a DC Medicaid member: MedStar, Amerigroup, Amerihealth or DC Health Alliance;
  2. diagnosed with hypertension, pre-diabetes, or diabetes; and
  3. a primary care recipient at one of our partner clinics.

Note: Enrollment in DC Greens’ Produce Rx is currently closed. Please check back for updates. 

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Enrollment in DC Greens’ Produce Rx program is currently closed. Please check back for updates.