Fresh, healthy food.25 million + pounds of produce distributed annually.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Mid-Ohio Farmacy?
Mid-Ohio Farmacy is a partnership between the Mid-Ohio foodbank and local healthcare providers that links patients to the healthy foods needed to manage and improve health. We do this by providing weekly access to fresh produce at participating locations.
Who can be a part of Mid-Ohio Farmacy’s fresh produce program?
Providers and insurers who are participating in the Mid-Ohio Farmacy program can refer patients into the program. Per State of Ohio guidelines, our partner agencies are required to obtain income eligibility information. This allows us to better serve you making sure that you obtain adequate food for those in your household. One must be at 200% of the Federal Poverty Level or below to qualify for assistance. Use this chart to determine your eligibility.
How do I get a Mid-Ohio Farmacy prescription card?
There are a number of participating health providers who can make a referral for the Mid-Ohio Farmacy program. If your provider is a participant (check here), ask if you qualify for Mid-Ohio Farmacy at your next office visit, and start using your Mid-Ohio Farmacy benefits to get fresh food right away.
I got a Mid-Ohio Farmacy card from my doctor, what do I do now?
Go shopping! Bring your card, along with an ID and proof of residency* to one of our participating Mid-Ohio Farmacy locations during operating hours, and pick up fresh produce for your household.
*This document should have your name and current address, dated within the last 90 days. This could be a utility bill, a lease agreement, a medical bill, or Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Announcement.
How much does it cost?
There is no cost to you the customer! Just show up with your Mid-Ohio Farmacy card at one of our locations and you can shop for fresh produce for your household at no cost.
Where can I use my Mid-Ohio Farmacy card to get fresh produce?
There are a number of markets and partner agencies across the Central Ohio area when you can shop for fresh produce using your Mid-Ohio Farmacy card. For a list of locations and business hours, check out our homepage: https://www.produceconnect.org/
How often can I get fresh produce through Mid-Ohio Farmacy?
You can bring your card once a week to any of our locations and take home fresh produce for your household.
Can I also get food for my family?
Yes! When you come for your first shopping visit, just let the folks at the check in desk know how many people live in your home and you can get food for that number of people.
Who came up with this idea?
Mid-Ohio Farmacy is a program that is supported by evidence that food is health – what we eat is part of what determines how healthy we are. Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, particularity for people who have chronic health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and struggle with obesity, can improve health outcomes and save money on health care costs in the long term. If you are interested in the research behind the program developed at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, you can read more about it here.
Where does the produce come from?
The produce sourced at all of the Mid-Ohio Farmacy sites comes from the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, who provides all of the fresh produce for agency partners in 20 counties across central Ohio.
I am a healthcare provider who wants to be a part of the Mid-Ohio Farmacy network – how do I get my patients connected to the program?
We are adding partners and providers to the Mid-Ohio Farmacy network all the time! Connect with the Mid-Ohio Farmacy team and let’s talk about how we can develop a partnership to serve your patients.
What is the long term benefit of Mid-Ohio Farmacy’s program and eating more fresh food?
Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables can help prevent and manage chronic health conditions like diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer. The Mid-Ohio Farmacy program provides weekly access to these fresh fruits and veggies for free to patients and their families, to ultimately create healthier communities.