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The 6,000-square-foot garden on the roof of Boston Medical Center’s power plant building is expected to produce some 15,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables in its first year of operation.

Rooftop garden’s bounty supplements hospital’s “prescriptions”

Crops grown in Boston Medical Center’s garden are used not just in patient and retail dining but donated to former patients who are food insecure but need to maintain healthy diets.

For the past 14 years, Boston Medical Center (BMC) has operated one of the country’s most extensive and elaborate follow-up programs to assists economically disadvantaged former patients who need help to follow a healthy diet to keep from being readmitted. A key to the program is a food donation component that gives eligible former patients “prescriptions” for packages of healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables they can get from the hospital’s preventive food

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