SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Food For Lane County has teamed up with the Trillium Community Health Plan to make sure low-income households are getting their fruits and vegetables.
In Lane County, 44 percent of households can't meet basic needs, and that can lead to a number of health concerns, including obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.
The partnership will expand Food For Lane County’s Produce Plus program which hands out fruits and vegetables to families at several locations, including medical clinics. It will be expanded to six rural clinics in Florence, Oakridge, Blueriver and Junction City.
“The more good food we can eat along the way, the better we're going to be in preventing diseases and living longer and enjoying the longer older years,” said Beverlee Potter of Food For Lane County.
Food For Lane County also announced a pilot project, Trillium Veggie RX. People who take a diabetes prevention education class will get vouchers for fruits and vegetables at one of two Food For Lane County Youth Farms.