FoodRx supplies Good Samaritan patients with farm-fresh produce

The program helps Bankhead residents living in a food desert
Photograph by Josh Meister

A little farm in west Atlanta wants to help spread the gospel of good food to neighbors who may need it the most. The Good Samaritan Health Center in Bankhead recently launched FoodRx, a program that supplies some of the center’s patients with produce from its one-acre urban farm. Subscriptions are subsidized by donations. “This area is essentially a food desert,” says Blake Adams, the center’s marketing director. The nearest grocery store with a produce section is about two miles away, a considerable distance for anyone without reliable transportation. “We’re trying to create an urban oasis of healthy produce,” he says. The fall season runs September 10 through November 7.

This article originally appeared in our September 2015 issue under the headline “The Good Samaritans.”