FreshRx Oklahoma: Produce Prescription Program Spotlight

by Marissa Sheldon, MPH

What they do: FreshRx Oklahoma provides low-income type 2 diabetes patients who have especially high A1C levels with free boxes of produce every two weeks for a year. The program serves predominantly Black and Native American residents. Participants are also given tablets loaded with cooking classes and nutrition education videos that do not require a Wi-Fi connection to access. Recipes are provided along with the produce boxes to give participants ideas about how to use the ingredients. 

How they do it: FreshRx partners with six health clinics in Tulsa and 12 local farmers to provide fresh produce to diabetic patients in the North Tulsa food desert. Participants may be referred to the program by their physician, but self-referrals are also accepted. Patients must submit an application to be accepted into the program. They accepted 50 participants in 2021 and 100 in 2022. Their goal is to reach 150 participants in 2023.

Participants pick up their produce boxes every other Wednesday between 9am and 11am at a pop-up farmers market.

Every three months, they meet with their provider to measure and track progress in their A1C levels, weight, and blood pressure.

After completing the 12-month program, those who demonstrated compliance and success have the option of re-enrolling.

Mission: To provide access to nutrient-dense, locally-grown produce that helps participants manage their diabetes.

Major Funding: USDA GusNIP Produce Prescription Grant, Ascension St. John Foundation, MorningCrest Healthcare Foundation, and Zarrow Commemoration Fund

Profit/nonprofit: Nonprofit

Annual Budget: $500,000

Interesting fact about how it is working to positively affect health: FreshRx Oklahoma has helped diabetes patients learn how to prepare and eat healthy meals, lose weight, and reduce A1C levels while also supporting local farmers. During its first year, the program is estimated to have saved the state of Oklahoma $750,000 in healthcare costs.


Distribution and Education Site:
Tulsa Health Department North Regional Health and Wellness Center
635 M.L.K. Jr Blvd
Tulsa, OK 74126

Partnered Clinics:
Crossover Health Services
940 E 36th St N
Tulsa, OK 74106

Good Samaritan at the Tulsa Dream Center
200 W 46th St North
Tulsa, OK 74126

Community Health Connection
2321 East 3rd Street
Tulsa, OK 74104-3327

Oak Street Clinic
1538 N Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK 74110

Indian Health Care Resource Center
550 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK 74120

Morton Comprehensive Health Services
11511 E 21st St
Tulsa, OK 74129

Core Programs: Produce prescription program

Number of staff: 5

Number of volunteers: 10

Areas served: North Tulsa, OK

Year Started: 2021

Director: Erin Martin, MASM

Contact Information: Email:, Phone: (918)-221-3735

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Photo Credit: Nicol Ragland

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