Commend Hospitals for Joining Health Food Program for Low-Income Families

Target: Harlem Hospital and Lincoln Medical Center

Goal: Commend Harlem Hospital and Lincoln Medical Center for joining organization that helps low-income patients afford fresh produce for meals

Recently, Harlem Hospital and Lincoln Medical Center have joined Connecticut-based organization Wholesome Wave in providing fresh produce for low-income families.  The program, which will support up to 70 families between the two hospitals, will allow doctors to provide prescriptions for fruits and vegetables, which the families can then redeem with “Health Bucks” at over 140 farmer’s markets in New York City. Each family will receive $2 in Health Bucks per person in the household per week.

The program will aim to reduce obesity and health problems in low-income families that often result from a lack of access to fresh foods and exposure to large amounts of processed foods filled with fat, sugar, and salt.  Such processed foods are often more abundant and less expensive than fresh produce, making it difficult for low-income families to afford food and eat healthy at the same time.

By signing this petition you will help commend Harlem Hospital and Lincoln Medical Center for joining the effort to combat obesity and other health problems for low-income families in New York City.


To the Harlem Hospital and Lincoln Medical Center:

I have recently heard that you are taking part in a “Health Bucks” program designed by Connecticut-based Wholesome Wave to combat obesity and health problems caused by poor diets among low-income families.  In a world of fatty, sugary, salty processed foods where fresh produce are an expensive luxury, it is difficult for low-income families to afford food and eat healthy as well.  I believe that this program will help more families be able to afford fresh produce and lead healthier, stronger lives.

I would like to show my appreciation for your efforts in building and maintaining the health of New York City residents. I hope that other hospitals will follow your lead and help families across all different health service providers lead healthier and happier lives.


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