In Chicago communities, VeggieRx is helping people cook and eat in healthier ways, one box at a time.
But what’s in that box? And what are the best ways to use those vegetables and fruits?
Come on a tour with Mary Mora, registered dietitian and co-founder of Real Foods Collective, in the video above, to explore the nutrient-packed produce like kale, carrots, beets, and more. Discover ways you can use these vegetables and fruits on your own path to healthy eating.
VeggieRx is a cooperative program by the Chicago Botanic Garden, Lawndale Christian Health Center (LCHC), and the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion (CPHP). VeggieRx provides boxes or bags of produce prescribed by doctors to help food-insecure patients with diet-related diseases. The produce is grown and packed by Windy City Harvest, the Garden’s urban agriculture program.
“I really like the program because I’m able to walk in and get just what I need like zucchini and broccoli,” said Alfreidia Campbell, a VeggieRx participant. “I like that the veggies are all fresh and I use them to cook recipes for the week. I make my own dishes that help with blood sugar. I started meal planning each week because of this program, and I love it.”
VeggieRx started in 2016 and has grown tremendously since then. It has distribution sites across the west side of Chicago, in North Lawndale, Austin, Maywood, and Belmont Cragin.