The American Journal of Managed Care

Residents of North Pasadena, Texas, struggling with food insecurity who obtained “prescriptions” for healthy food from their clinic providers were able to boost their intake of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, beans, and whole grains, in another example of the food as medicine movement that also illustrates some of the challenges with these efforts.

In this study, 242 participants were recruited from 2 school-based clinics and 1 federally qualified health center.

The prescriptions, called Food Rx, were redeemed at a food pantry set up to resemble a small grocery store to reduce the stigma associated with seeking donated food. Results of the study will appear in an upcoming issue of Translational Behavioral Medicine.