Date of Completion
Honors College Thesis
Food Access, Food Security, Produce Prescription Programs, Farmacy Programs, Qualitative, Vermont
Produce prescription programs have risen in popularity across the country as an intervention for addressing food insecurity, diet-related chronic illnesses, and decreased fruit and vegetable consumption. Previous research has demonstrated the success of these programs in promoting human health and household food security. More research is needed to better understand program impacts on participants. In the following study, I use data from participant observation, surveys, and interviews to analyze the impact of one program in promoting food security, nutrition education, and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. In contrast with other studies that determine the success of these programs through human health metrics, my findings present perception and attitude-based outcomes of the program. These outcomes include the ability to foster connection with the local agricultural community, reduce the cost of purchasing and consuming fresh foods, produce feelings of enjoyment and excitement around the consumption of fruits and vegetables, and promote nutrition education through access. Future research should explore creating measurements of success that investigate the social and economic implications of produce prescription programs.
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Krugman, Lilah V., "More Than Just Medicine: Evaluation of the Addison County Farmacy Program" (2023). UVM Honors College Senior Theses. 562.