The Upper Peninsula Food As Medicine program is intended to address food insecurity and improve the health outcomes of low-income residents in the Upper Peninsula (U.P.) through:
PRODUCE PRESCRIPTIONS for low-income, food insecure U.P. residents that have or are at risk of certain diet-related health conditions. Prescriptions can be redeemed at local markets.
NUTRITION EDUCATION offerings for those enrolled in the prescription program.
INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS to local farmers to improve cold storage capacity in the U.P.
The program is led by the Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress and in close collaboration with clinical, farmer and food producer, farmers market, and human service partners. Collaboration among partners began in 2021. Participant enrollment began in May 2022 and is ongoing. Highlights of program results as of September 1, 2022 are captured here.