Prescription For Produce

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DECATUR- A new co-op will now allow for residents to access fresh produce at the convenience of a doctors prescription.

Crossing Health Care and Mercy Gardens of Good Samaritan Inn will be joining forces to create a brand new garden just across the street from Crossings location.

Allison Raiha a Registered Dietitian at Crossing said, “what this will look like is fruits and vegetables will be given from our providers as a prescription to our patients and then they will be able to redeem those prescriptions for the fresh produce."

It’s a new venture that at Monday‘s city council made a reality by selling the location for $1.00 to Crossing Health Care for the soon to be new garden.

Creating a wealth of healthy food options in what many call a food desert.

Rev. Stacey Brohard, Exec. Director Good Samaritan Inn said, “its also taking the people who live right here in the neighborhood and offering jobs to them a lot of these jobs we create them and we spin them off to where they can create their own business."

The new construction will begin in April with the first batch of beans and lettuce to churn out in no time.

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