About Farmmacy Program
Hope Family Health Center, in partnership with the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley and the Texas A&M School of Public Health have successfully launched the Hope Farmmacy Program. Hope Farmmacy is part of the Working on Wellness (WOW) McAllen coalition’s efforts to improve the health of Hidalgo County residents through increased access to healthy food and physical activity. With the efforts put into Farmmacy, a group of HOPE participants will be supplied with fresh valley grown vegetables, either weekly or bi-weekly depending on harvest that can help increase the availability of healthy food and the want to continue to eat healthy.
Becoming a participant is as simple as being a patient here at Hope Family Health Center. “We at Hope Clinic are extremely excited to be a part of this program. We strive to provide our patients the best care and provide the tools they need to achieve a healthier lifestyle and this program allows us to do just that,” said Rebecca Stocker, Executive Director, Hope Family Health Center.
Farmmacy is currently only funded for one year. We are currently looking for local farms and working with local non-profit supporters who are interested in sustaining this program and providing healthy meals to HOPE families. Our patients face many challenges such as financial barriers and chronic illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, or hypertension. Patient has raised the concern that the cost of produce is extremely out of their daily expenses. The community partnership or sponsorship will contribute to a healthy meal, healthy community, and a healthy future. If you would like more information about FarmMacy or helping sustain this program, please contact Vanessa Saenz at (956) 994-3319.