Tackling Hunger—One Prescription at a Time

Tackling Hunger—One Prescription at a Time

Success Story

Tackling Hunger—One Prescription at a Time

January 28, 2019
     
Family who participated in WholesomeRx™ husking corn outside
Family eating healthier thanks to WholesomeRx™ program

1 out of 4 of children in Houston face the threat of hunger every day. Thanks to our continuing, ground-breaking partnership with Target, Houston’s Memorial Hermann Health System helped nearly 300 food-insecure families access the fruits and vegetables their children desperately needed.

"If we want to improve the health of our population, we have to start by making a difference in the lives of children and their families."-Carol Paret, Memorial Hermann

Nurse practitioners, dietitians and social workers came together at local school clinics to identify families in need, providing them with prescriptions for fresh produce. Families redeemed vouchers for free fruits and vegetables at their local Target or participating farmers markets, and received nutrition education classes.

The Wholesome Rx™ program in Houston was a resounding success. Nearly 75% of participants said they were happier with their health because they could afford to buy fruits and vegetables.