The FVRx program, for which we provide the educational component, is an evidence-based clinical study measuring both physical and behavioral health changes in participants with diet-related illnesses. Based on a national model started by Wholesome Wave in Washington DC, the pilot program here in Augusta was the VERY FIRST such program in the Southeast, and the first to include an educational component. Wholesome Wave Georgia has documented every step of our efforts, in order to use this pilot to launch others. In the FVRx, patients with diet-related illnesses are given “prescriptions” for fresh fruits and vegetables, which are “filled” at no cost to the participants at the Veggie Truck Farmers’ Market weekly.
2016 will be the second year of our participation as the educational component of the Fruit and Veggie Prescription program, funded by Wholesome Wave of Georgia and managed by Augusta Locally Grown. The program will continue to be run by a combined effort between the Harrisburg Family Clinic, the Veggie Truck Farmers Market, Helms College Culinary School, Wholesome Wave Georgia, Augusta Locally Grown and Icebox Ministries.
Our role continues to be to provide participants with monthly opportunities to learn to use fresh produce in creative and cost-effective ways in order to feed their families healthy meals. We also have need of help with assistance before, during and after the classes, as well as instructors to demonstrate culinary skills.
If you know someone who could benefit from these workshops or if you feel led to be involved in the program, please contact us.