Root Causes: Fresh Produce Program (FPP)


Year: 2022

The Fresh Produce Program (FPP) is an initiative founded by the Root Causes student group of Duke’s School of Medicine. Through strategic partnerships with Duke and Durham organizations, the program aims to address food insecurity for low-income Duke patients with chronic diseases by providing access to healthy food options. Currently, FPP supports over 380 patients through biweekly deliveries of fresh produce and nutritional education material to their homes.

A team of students will work with Duke’s Office of Information Technology, the FPP team, and other key stakeholders to develop an application to support the efforts of this program and program participants. Potential solutions include:  

  • A platform to track and coordinate engagement with stakeholders (outside partners, physicians, funders, partnering organizations)  
  • A platform that manages volunteer engagement and day-of service.  
  • An algorithm(s) that helps track and reconcile the FPP food supply chain to accommodate medically tailored deliveries

Watch the Admin Team and Volunteer Team final presentations on YouTube.

The Root Causes team divided into two teams, each focused on one aspect of the Root Causes program: program administration ("Admin Team"), and the volunteer experience. The Volunteer Team's poster is featured below.

Root Causes Volunteer Application




IT Professionals

Student Project Managers/Facilitators