Polk County Produce Prescription Program wins award from U.S. Conference of Mayors

The Polk County Produce Prescription Program (PCPPP), a partnership between the City of Des Moines, Broadlawns Medical Center, Iowa Healthiest State Initiative, and local retailers, will connect food-insecure children with diet-related diseases (diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular, etc.) and their families to medical providers that write prescriptions for free fruits and vegetables, while delivering nutrition education, and collecting and monitoring biometrics on a routine basis.

“Over the last decade, the Conference’s partnership with the ABFHA Foundation has made it possible for dozens of cities across the country to innovate when it comes to improving health and wellness for children and families. The nine cities winning awards this year demonstrate the continued leadership mayors are showing to create healthier cities. For mayors, these issues are deeply personal to our communities, and we look forward to continuing this work for years to come,” said Tom Cochran, CEO and executive director of USCM.

The other eight U.S. cities receiving 2022 grant awards are:

  • Denver
  • Orlando
  • Baltimore
  • Montgomery (AL)
  • Bridgeport (CT)
  • White Plains (NY)
  • Salisbury (NC)
  • Daytona Beach

Mayor Frank Cownie was in attendance at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C. and accepted the award on behalf of Des Moines. Full descriptions of the 2022 Childhood Obesity Prevention and Environmental Health and Sustainability Awards winning programs can be found at: www.usmayors.org

The Polk County Produce Prescription Program was launched in August 2021 after receiving grant funding from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines and Mid Iowa Health Foundation. Between August 1 – December 31, 189 individuals participated in the program and nearly $14,000 in vouchers were redeemed for fresh fruits and vegetables.