Produce Program Helps Fight Food Insecurity

A new pilot program will allow families to redeem produce prescriptions written by doctors for fruits and vegetables, providing access to fresh food for up to 150 in-need families who participate in the Broadlawns Diabetic Management Program. The Polk County Produce Prescription Program, which is headed by the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative and Broadlawns Medical Center, recently received a $50,000 Leadership Grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.

Prescriptions can be redeemed at local farmers markets and grocery stores around Des Moines. Find the list here.

World Food Prize Hunger Summit

If you’re interested in ways to fight food insecurity, experts from across the state will discuss hunger at this virtual event starting at 9 a.m. today. Speakers include Gov. Kim Reynolds, Barbara Stinson, president of the World Food Prize, and more. Topics include small transformations to food systems, the importance of nutrition, and racial and economic equality in food insecurity.

Register for the free event and find the full schedule here.

Iowa Stops Hunger is a Business Publications Corporation initiative to bring awareness and action to food insecurity in Iowa.

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