Good Nutrition Is for Everyone!
Healthful food is essential to healthy people. According to the USDA, 11 percent of DC residents are food insecure, meaning that they sometimes go hungry. Many DC residents have limited ability to purchase, prepare and consume healthful foods because they lack the funds, they live in a neighborhood without nearby options (a food desert), and maybe lack the knowledge of how best to choose and use fresh produce.
As part of DC Health’s commitment to health equity for all DC residents, activities within the Nutrition and Physical Fitness Bureau focus on all the factors that impact a resident’s ability to purchase affordable, nutritious foods. For those facing food insecurity, NPFB programs help fill the gap by providing access to food benefits and nutrition education.
- Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) – Provides food and nutrition support services to pregnant women, new mothers (breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding), infants, and children.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) provides nutrition education in a group setting to residents of the District of Columbia where 50% or more are participating or eligible to receive SNAP that will help them to make healthy food choices that are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and My Plate.
- The Commodity Supplemental Food Program, including the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides a monthly packet of groceries as well as an annual allotment of vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets.
- The Produce Plus Program provides low income DC residents with up to $20 per week in local produce at Farmers Markets across the city.
- Produce Prescription Program (PRx) formerly known as Fruit and Vegetable Prescription (FVRx), allows medical professionals in Washington, D.C. to prescribe fresh fruit and vegetables to patients experiencing diet-related chronic illnesses (diabetes, pre-diabetes, and hypertension) and food insecurity. By working closely with Medicaid providers, this program takes a food-as-medicine approach by integrating produce prescriptions into the healthcare system.
- The Healthy Corner Stores Partnership empowers small businesses in underserved neighborhoods to stock and sell nutritious, affordable foods, in turn making it easier for residents to select healthy, fresh options.
- Joyful Food Markets are monthly free markets at 39 elementary schools in Ward 7 and 8. They provide produce and healthy pantry items to families in a supportive, education focused environment.
- Home Delivered Meals provides meals to homebound DC residents and their caregivers. The service is available to patients with chronic diseases, including poorly managed diabetes upon recommendation of their health care provider.
- Mobile Markets, bringing fresh produce to all parts of the district with an emphasis on food deserts.
- Apply for SNAP Benefits
- MyPlate: A tool to show consumers the recommended portion for each food group: protein, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and dairy.
- MoreMatters: A site providing information on how to include more fruits and vegetables of all types in your diet.
- Dietary Guidelines for Americans: The recommendations are intended to help people choose an overall healthy diet.