Governor Little promotes "Prescription for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables" program

Posted at 4:23 PM, Nov 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-13 18:23:52-05

Governor Brad Little is promoting a program called "Prescription for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables" to help more at risk people get the nutrition they need.

A group called Family Medicine Residency of Idaho has operated the plan for the past four years. Participants who qualify can get four months of vouchers to make it easier for them to afford fruits and veggies.

"Twenty percent of our patients are food insecure, and that can play out in major ways with chronic diseases, especially diabetes and pre-diabetes. So if we move upstream, identify the problems, help people with their nutrition and their diet, we can decrease downstream problems and improve long term health," said Ted Epperly, the President of Family Medicine Residence of Idaho.

October is Hunger Awareness month in Idaho.