Mercy Regional Medical Center is working to improve access to healthful foods for community members by partnering with The Good Food Collective to create an intact regional food system program called Roots of Health.
This program aims to support the health and well-being of Mercy associates, patients and the greater community through connection to fresh, healthful, locally-grown produce. The partners will start the inaugural year with Employee Produce Share, a program that provides weekly community supported agriculture boxes to 100 Mercy employees with sliding-scale pricing.
Beginning this summer, the Roots of Health Employee Produce Share will connect Mercy associates with a week’s worth of sustainably-grown local produce each week during the growing season.
In the future, the partners plan to expand with programs that directly affect community members and patients, such as a regional produce prescription program.
For more information, visit www.goodfoodcollective.org.