Prescriptions as Incentives to Purchase Produce

Last month Unity Health Care Upper Cardozo in Washington, DC, began writing prescriptions for $1 per family member per day to be spent at any of five participating District farmers markets. Similar incentive programs are gaining popularity nationally.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/districts-needy-get-fruit-and-vegetable-rx/2012/06/18/gJQA8B3vnV_story.html

Increasing Food Access Through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

New research published in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found a positive influence on the revised Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children and food packages on access to healthy foods. The revised program included cash-value vouchers for fruits and vegetables, new whole-grain products, lower fat content in dairy foods, and reduced juice quantities.

http://www.yaleruddcenter.org/resources/upload/docs/what/economics/InfluenceRevisedWic_JADA_6.12.pdf