Farm to First Responders Supports Stuart and Port St. Lucie Health Care Workers

The program will provide fresh produce to first responders and help local farmers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Volunteers distributing produce to medical personnel in Stuart. Photo by Rory Mackay.

To expand efforts to help the people on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus, Fresh Rx, the Loxahatchee-based fresh produce and wellness purveyor, launched Farm to First Responders in April after having success with its Farm to Family program in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. The program will oversee produce donations to health care workers from three hospitals in Martin and St. Lucie counties, as well as one in Palm Beach County, through May 2.

Farm to First Responders’ initiatives have a two-fold benefit, as they support medical personnel and farm workers. Members of the program purchase produce from local farms, assemble the produce in boxes, and deliver the boxes to first responders for free. The program allows local farms to continue operation while area restaurants and farmer’s markets remain closed during the global pandemic.

“We are so thankful for the brave men and women who are on the frontlines battling this disease so that we can all remain safe,” said Margaret Duriez, owner of Lox Farms and co-founder of Fresh Rx. “We are fortunate that we’ve had an outpouring of support for our COVID-19 initiatives, which allows us to give this critical workforce nutritious food to help them stay healthy.”

Those who wish to support the Farm to First Responders program can donate on Fresh Rx’s website. A donation of $25 covers the creation of the produce box and delivery to first responders.

Participating farms: Lox Farms, Holman’s Harvest, Gratitude Garden Farms, Alderman Farms, Pero Family Farms, The Garden Network, Michael Borek Farms, Farmhouse Tomatoes, Harpke Family Farms, Chavez Groves, Health & Happiness, and V&B, with more signing on daily. Bread is provided by Old School Bakery.

Donation Schedule:

April 25: Cleveland Clinic Martin South Hospital

2100 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart, FL 34997

April 25: Treasure Coast Urgent Care

1050 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart, Fl 34994

April 28: Jupiter Medical Center

1210 S Old Dixie Hwy, Jupiter, FL 33458

May 2: Cleveland Clinic Tradition Hospital

10000 S.W. Innovation Way, Port St. Lucie 34987

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