Orange County, New York

Orange CO, NY Department of HealthPopulation: 382,226
Project focus: Access to foods that support healthy eating patterns

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Orange County Department of Health/Community Health Outreach, along with Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Garnet Health, St. Anthony Community Hospital, The Cathedral at the House Church, Cornerstone Family Healthcare, Cornerstone Family Healthcare WIC Program, Orange County Office for the Aging, Orange County Department of Social Services, and Orange County Cornell Cooperative Extension strives to reduce chronic disease and support partnerships that strengthen the county’s ability to identify and actively refer food insecure residents to food programs.

The Healthy Orange team engages three county hospitals, a community health center, a faith-based partner, and community members and supporting partners to strengthen systems and connect residents to the resources they need. Together, the team will improve coordination among various institutions to align food insecurity screening and referral, all while building their hospital and health center staff’s knowledge of food assistance programs. Finally, the project hopes to establish prescription to produce programs between hospitals/health center and local farmers markets, further advancing the county’s commitment to food accessibility and nutrition education!


  • Number of health care systems who set up systems for food insecurity identification and referral
  • Number of referrals made by hospitals/health centers
  • Number of food pantry lists made available to hospitals
  • Number of Rx for Produce programs established
  • Number of Rx for Produce coupons issued, and redeemed

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Check out NACo's interviews with each of the the 10 county-based teams, including Orange County.