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SNAP benefits and health plans can now be used for the delivery of fresh produce


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A new initiative aims to help those who find it difficult to have fresh produce and vegetables delivered to their homes through their health care benefits, if they are qualified, or through the benefits of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance program.

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The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has long recognized that eating fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of obesity and many illnesses associated with weight gain and obesity, including illnesses. cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and even some forms of cancer.

Still, a CDC analysis found that only 9% of adults eat the recommended amounts of vegetables, while only 12% eat the recommended amounts of fruit. Research also showed that lack of vegetable intake was more prevalent among Americans with household incomes below or equal to the poverty line, with only 7% of adults at the poverty line consuming enough vegetables, compared with 11%. 4% for those in the highest household income category. .

To combat the problem, the US Department of Agriculture has approved Farmbox Direct’s healthcare initiative, FarmboxRx, according to ThePacker.com. The program offers delivery of fresh produce to those whose Medicare and Medicaid health insurance plan offers healthy dietary benefits.

Ashley Tyrner, CEO and founder of Farmbox Rx and Farmbox Direct, says the initiative currently covers 51 plans, a jump from three when it was introduced 10 months ago.

The USDA has also approved FarmboxRx as the only national fresh grocery retailer to accept SNAP benefits for online payment.

“Being that we are, we are the only national grocery store that already delivers fresh produce nationwide, and we have this large footprint of going wherever FedEx goes, this is really the way to tackle the problem of food desert and food insecurity, ”Tyrner said. ThePacker.com.

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FarmboxRx has in-house clinicians who curate content around a consumer’s condition, such as diabetes, heart disease, or even pregnancy, reports ThePacker.com.

Additionally, the fast-growing company is expected to close a Series A funding round by the end of 2021.

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