Join the Food as Medicine Movement 

Recipe4Health (R4H) is a nationally recognized, award winning “Food as Medicine” model that integrates food-based interventions into healthcare settings to treat, prevent, and reverse chronic conditions; to address food and nutrition insecurity; and to improve health and racial equity.


Image from Nathan Dumlao of an overhead shot of a flatlay of fresh produce

We center equity and justice in the question

“Where does the food come from in ‘food as medicine’?”

Recipe4Health purposely prioritizes the sourcing and supply of regenerative and organic food grown by BIPOC farmers. By connecting healthcare demand to an agricultural supply of equity-based regenerative and organic “Food as Medicine”, R4H is a health multiplier that generates co-benefits to human health, local economic health, climate and soil health, and health and racial equity.


our winning recipe

Recipe4Health has five main ingredients

Recipe4Health (R4H) is a clinically integrated “Food as Medicine” model that prescribes patients Produce (regenerative and organic) + Health and Nutrition Coaching

Safety net health centers

Federally qualified health centers in Alameda County serve the most vulnerable patients. 83% of our patients are BIPOC and underserved

Food Farmacy

BIPOC led regenerative farm + food hub + door step delivery fulfills R4H prescription to receive produce (local, pesticide-free seasonal, nutrient dense) delivered weekly for 12 weeks

Behavioral Pharmacy

Community based health coaches provide group/individual health coaching options such as cooking classes and a Behavioral Pharmacy that addresses nutrition, movement, stress reduction and social connection to sustain behavior change

Medical Health Plan to cover services

CMS 1115 waiver allows Medicaid health plans to fund “Food as Medicine” as covered service free of charge to patients


R4H Training & Admin Hub

R4H provides clinical training to health care staff, EHR workflow integration, & Medicaid authorization & claims management to enable funding of services 

The power of food

What is medically supportive food and nutrition?

A spectrum of food-based interventions that provide nutrient-rich, whole food used for prevention, reversal, and/or treatment of certain chronic health conditions and food/nutrition insecurity:

  • Includes any fruit, vegetable, legume, nut, seed, whole grain, low mercury/high omega-3 fatty acid seafood, and/or animal protein
  • Includes behavioral and nutritional coaching and education to amplify the effect of medically supportive food
  • Prioritizes regeneratively and organically sourced foods


“My doctor told me about Food as Medicine. The first group visit gave me hope. It literally saved my life. It gave me my spark back. I started to care about myself and about others. Before, I was overweight and my blood pressure was sky high. I had stomach problems. All of that has cleared up. I’m walking. I’m doing the online Zumba classes. My blood pressure is within normal range, and I’m working to get off my medication. I’ve lost 77 pounds and am still going strong.”

Recipe4Health Behavioral Pharmacy Participant

Image of a bag of garlic by Gaelle Marcel
Image of a bag of garlic by Gaelle Marcel