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 Farmacy Program. Hope Farmacy efforts work to improve the health of Hidalgo County residents through increased access to healthy foods. With the efforts put into Farmacy, a group of HOPE patients 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. Summer time, mainly June-September are harder to get vegetables so pick up days are designated anywhere from October-May.
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.
Farmacy 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. Patients have raised concerns 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 Farmacy or helping sustain this program, please contact HOPE at (956) 994-3319.