Technology is increasingly playing a part in New York City’s effort to solve food insecurity and health inequity. The New York City Mayor’s Office of Food Policy is partnering with Minnesota-based technology company Solutran to bring its Healthy Savings® program to some New York City residents facing food access barriers including high costs and limited availability of healthy foods.
A cohort of qualifying residents in Staten Island, Brooklyn and the Bronx are the first to be offered the program as part of a pilot in 2018. Area health care providers and a food pantry began enrolling participants and issuing Healthy Savings cards in mid-January.
Participants with a Healthy Savings card can download the free mobile app, which includes a virtual card to scan for savings, shows available savings on fresh produce and other healthy foods, and grocery store locations. The participants can save 50 percent off the price of fresh produce and an average of 25-30 percent off additional healthy food items that includes lean meats, milk, bread, yogurt, beans, cereal and more from 200 participating food companies.
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