Bringing Relief to the Urban Food Desert in the Dallas Area

April 17, 2019

Do you have patients who don’t have access to healthy food? Is their lack of nutrition impacting their health? Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) and Blue Cross Blue Shield InstituteSM (BCBS Institute) have partnered to form foodQSM, a subscription-based food service, to deliver healthy meals to food deserts which are areas where sensible food isn’t available or affordable.

Access to food is directly related to an individual’s health. foodQ’s goal is to bring nutritious, ready-to-eat meals straight to your patients’ door. Eating better helps lower the risks of chronic illnesses like diabetes and obesity, which can often result in costly hospital treatment.

foodQ will soon be delivering meals to 15 ZIP codes in Dallas. When it starts, participants can enter their ZIP code at the foodQ website to determine if they are eligible. Customers must live in one of the ZIP codes listed below to qualify, but don’t have to be a BCBSTX member. Participants may select from six meal options, including beef, chicken and vegetarian.

Eligible ZIP codes:
















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  • Non-subscription fee
    $10 per meal plus $6 delivery fee per order
  • Monthly subscription fee
    $10 per month subscription (includes free delivery and buy-one-get-one option for each meal)

Front Porch Pantry, a partner with foodQ, will provide the meals for the Dallas community.

How can you help?

Check the ZIP codes listed above to see if foodQ can help your patients. Then let them know how foodQ can provide healthy meal options at roughly the cost of a fast-food value meal.

For more about foodQ, including menus, visit


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