A new federally funded pilot program, “Fresh Bucks Rx,” allows medical providers to write a prescription for fruits and vegetables from farmers markets. The pilot was launched by the City of Seattle, Harborview Medical Center, and Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic along with Seattle and King County farmers markets, and aims to improve health outcomes for low-income patients with diet-related disease. An estimated one in seven Americans experiences food insecurity or the inability to access healthy food on a chronic or intermittent basis. Martha Baskin checked in with providers to bring us this story.
The definition of soul food is changing in the African American community. And that change is in part because of African American chefs and bakers consciously creating awareness with diverse healthy food options. We talk to three chefs hoping to make a difference in what we eat and how we eat. Tarik Abdullah is a rising star in the chef world. He recently appeared on ABC’s, “The Taste”. Lillian Hill is the baking brains behind the vegan based treats from Brown Sugar Baking Company in the Central District. Lillian’s husband, Dennis Comer is the owner of a catering company, the urban buggy in the Central District. Comer also has a garden that he developed as part of a 3 year pilot program from Seattle Neighborhoods.