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Food is Medicine

Unlocking the power and potential of good food to improve health outcomes


Good food is the cornerstone of good health. Yet many Americans, especially in BIPOC and low-income communities, lack access to affordable, nutritious food. The result? A $1.1 trillion healthcare bill for diet-related diseases — equal to all the money we currently spend on the food itself.

Food is Medicine programs, like produce prescriptions and medically tailored meals, use food-based interventions to help prevent, manage, and treat diet-related diseases. Integrating nutrition into our healthcare system would enable doctors to prescribe healthy food, reducing the need for invasive health services, and lowering healthcare costs.

The Rockefeller Foundation partners with payers, providers, government agencies, non-profits, and community groups to enhance our understanding ofFood Is Medicine policies and approachesand advance their equitable use.

Partnerships for Nutrition

President Biden highlights The Rockefeller Foundation’s commitment with the American Heart association and Kroger to expand #FoodIsMedicine research to help scale critical solutions as a part of the health care system.

Why it matters

Existing and emerging data show that improved nutrition delivered via FIM interventions can improve health outcomes while reducing costs.

    of American adults are living with obesity, which increases their risk of health problems including heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes [Tufts]


    people around the world can’t afford a healthy diet


    deaths are caused by poor diets in the U.S. yearly

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