In 2018 we launched our first pilot of the Veggie Rx Program and the program was so successful that it’s back for another year!
Our community produce stands are additional access points to fresh, local produce for anyone in our local community. Located at Community Health Centers of Linn and Benton County and Samaritan Health Services, our mission is to help connect a focus on health management with nutritious food and smart dietary choices that also supports our local economy.
The Community Produce Stands aim to create behavior change by fostering healthy eating habits via increased accessibility to local fruits and vegetables, nutrition education, cooking demonstrations and recipes. Sited at various local organizations through each week, the produce stands increase access to fresh and nutritious produce, provides nutritional education, and stimulates the local sustainable food economy.
Anyone can buy produce at the stands! You are welcome at the Community Produce Stands regardless of whether you qualify for tokens through Veggie Rx. Community Produce Stands accept cash, check and credit/debit!
Produce Stands are 1:30pm – 3:30pm, May 14th – October 31st
The Veggie Rx Program
Supporting the research showing that nutrition is an important component of overall health, the Veggie Rx Program seeks to increase access to and consumption of fresh, local produce to members of our community who might struggle to afford to purchase these items. Veggie Rx offers conveniently located produce stands stocked with local produce in combination with financial support (in the form of monthly tokens) to purchase this produce.
Veggie Rx, also known as Fruit & Vegetable Prescription, is a physician recommended treatment program encouraging patients to consume more fresh fruits and vegetables to achieve specific health outcomes. The local Veggie Rx program is facilitated by the Health Centers of Linn and Benton Counties, where patients who screen positive for food insecurity through a Social Determinants of Health screening tool, are referred to the local food network, connected with SNAP/WIC/School Lunch programs where eligible, and receive Health Navigation support through the Community Health Centers. Participants receive tokens for fresh fruits and vegetable that can be redeemed at the on-site Community Produce Stand as well as at the local Farmer’s Market.
If you are eligible to receive Veggie Rx tokens, you will receive a supply of tokens monthly and can spend them at the following locations:
- Veggie Rx Produce Stands May 14-October 31
- Tuesday: Monroe Health Center, next to Monroe Grade School
- Wednesday: Health Services Building, 27th & Tyler in Corvallis
- Thursday: Lincoln Health Center, behind Lincoln Elementary in South Corvallis
- Corvallis Farmer’s Market, Saturdays and Wednesdays 9am-1pm
- Albany Farmer’s Market, Saturdays 9am-1pm
- Lebanon Farmer’s Market, Thursdays 2-6pm May 16-October 24 Corner of Main Street & Grant Lebanon, OR
- Sweet Home Farmer’s Market, Tuesdays 2-6pm, June 4-Sept 26, Between 12th & Kalmia Sweethome, Oregon