About the Harris Health System, Food Farmacy Program
So, what is a Food Farmacy? A Food Farmacy helps patients dealing with food insecurity (without means to adequate food sources) and diabetes. Patients are identified by physicians and referred to the program based on their food insecurity needs and a diagnosis of diabetes. Patients with documented food insecurity and diabetes with elevated A1C levels (three-month hemoglobin measures above 7%) qualify for the program. Each receives free food including 30 pounds of fruits and vegetables, and four healthy food items like whole-grain rice, beans or meats every two weeks. Currently, Harris Health System has three Food Farmacy locations at Strawberry and Acres Home Ambulatory Care Centers, and Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) hospital.