The following are success stories in improving public health with better nutrition.
- SNAP Rx
Hunger Solutions Minnesota collaborates with AARP Foundation, the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and the Minneapolis Health Department on SNAP Rx which helps connect Minnesota healthcare providers with nutrition resources, including SNAP, to help address food insecurity, particularly among senior citizens.
- Mobile Farmers Markets
Indiana University Health operates Garden on the Go, a SNAP-authorized mobile produce program that delivers fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables in neighborhoods with limited access to healthy food. Other examples include Hartford Mobile Market and CitiSeed Mobile Market. These programs could reach many more food insecure families with additional support.
- Wholesome Wave
Wholesome Wave’s recent collaboration with two New York City hospitals uses its successful Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx) to create a new model combining medical advice and healthy eating counseling for low-income pediatric patients with incentives for affordable fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets.
- Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic’s registered dietitians work with local schools to help them meet and exceed USDA school meals nutrition guidelines. The Clinic also offers several nutrition and wellness programs and curricula and sponsors a popular hospital campus farmers market that accepts WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons and SNAP.
- Arkansas Children’s Hospital
In 2013 the Arkansas Children’s Hospital began sponsoring the USDA Summer Food Service Program. It provides free SFSP lunches to patients and their school-age family members. In 2014 it began sponsoring USDA’s After-School Meals Program.