Food as Medicine

According to a recent article in the New York Times by Patricia Leigh Brown, medical researchers, public health organizations, and an affiliation of non-profits in California will embark on an ambitious, state-funded study to test whether providing daily nutritious meals to chronically ill, low-income people on Medi-Cal — California’s version of the Medicaid program — will affect their prognosis and treatment, or the cost of their medical care.

This potentially groundbreaking research may very well change the way every American is treated for chronic and life-threatening illnesses. And it honors the visionary work of Dr. Jack Geiger and the Medical Committee for Human Rights.

Dr. Geiger started a community health center in Mound Bayou, Mississippi in the late 1960’s.  He and his medical team wrote prescriptions for food, started a farm cooperative and taught nutrition classes. They were able to reduce hunger in the region.

To learn more about Dr. Geiger and his legacy,  listen to Hungry in the Mississippi Delta.