The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) is one of the many programs through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture that addresses hunger and food security. The primary goal of GusNIP is to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase. SNAP, known as CalFresh Food in California is the nationís first line of defense against hunger and a powerful tool to improve nutrition among low-income people. Research has shown that incentivizing SNAP participants to purchase fruits and vegetables increases their affordability, access and consumption of produce.
As part of the GusNIP grant, the Produce Prescription Project (PPR) brings together stakeholders from the food and healthcare system to improve the health and nutritional status of low-income households who suffer from or is at risk of developing a diet-related health condition. PPR aims to improve dietary health through the consumption of fruits and vegetables; reduce individual and household food insecurity; and reduce healthcare use and associated costs.
Los Angeles County's Produce Prescription Project: Fresco y Saludable/Fresh and Healthy
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health partnered Asian Pacific Healthcare Venture, Inc., EatSF - Vouchers 4 Veggies, Northeast Valley Health Corporation, and Venice Family Clinic to implement produce prescription projects across Los Angeles. Locally known as "Fresco y Saludable/Fresh and Healthy" the goal of the program is to provide incentives for food insecure, Medi-Cal patients who are either a prediabetic or diabetic to purchase fruits and vegetables at participating grocery stores. Participants must be current patients at Asian Pacific Healthcare Venture, Northeast Valley Health Corporation or Venice Family Clinic to be eligible.
Fresco y Saludable/Fresh and Healthy Program Spotlight
The Nutrition Incentive Hub interviewed the Nutrition and Physical Activity Program in their successes and challenges in launching Fresco y Saludable/Fresh and Healthy. The article spotlights how Fresco y Saludable is impacting Los Angeles County and program evaluation goals.