Steuben County residents who are on Medicaid and suffer from a chronic health condition, can now live a better and healthier life with help from Turning Point.
Turning Point has created a special program known as, “Fresh Farmacy.” The way the program works is, Steuben County residents can go to their doctor and receive a prescription to get fresh produce once a week for six months. Turning Point says the produce varies each week. If you’re interested in getting a prescription, your doctor must be a participant in the program. However, if they’re not Turning Point says they can help you set up an appointment with a participating doctor.
“A lot of people who are in poverty can’t afford to eat fresh produce, so they’re not getting the nutrients and stuff that they need, so it does affect their health. So having the ability to get the fresh produce, it helps their health and it helps also make it so they can buy more healthier stuff because they’re getting a lot of produce from me,” says Joanna Gleason, Pantry Coordinator of Turning Point.