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NYC Health + Hospitals Expands Access to Affordable Healthy Food Options With Annual Farmers Markets

GrowNYC and Harvest Home Farmers Markets make fresh fruits and vegetables more accessible for patients, staff, and the community at patient care locations

Jul 20, 2021

New York

NYC Health + Hospitals today announced its 2021 schedule for farmers markets hosted at public hospitals and community health centers across the city. The public health system has again partnered with GrowNYC and Harvest Home Farmers Market, two local non-profit organizations, to host farmers markets and fresh food box programs at patient care locations throughout the city. These partnerships make fresh fruits and vegetables more accessible for patients, staff, and the community. Farmers markets offer a variety of affordable, regionally grown vegetables, fruits, and fresh juices in communities where residents sometimes lack access to quality produce at reasonable prices. Each farmers market continues to take appropriate COVID-19 precautions by enforcing face coverings and social distancing, as well as facilitating contact-less shopping wherever possible. The access to conveniently located farmers markets builds on the public health care system’s continued commitment to support healthy eating options at and near its facilities.

“Proper nutrition is the foundation for good health, and our farmers markets make it easier for our patients, staff, and neighbors to access this conveniently and affordably,” said NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz, MD. “We’re grateful for our partners that make it possible for our public health system to offer this important resource to our communities.”

Various payment options are available to help New Yorkers take advantage of farmers markets, and Fresh Food Box sites, including EBT/SNAP, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) coupons, and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) coupons. Grow NYC sites also accept Healthfirst OTC cards for LIP and CC members. In addition, Harvest Home offers a Good-to-Go Bag, featuring a sample of the healthy produce featured in the weekly recipes and has partnered with local non-profits to its Nourish NY vouchers that will provide customers $4 in coupons to purchase fruits and vegetables.

In addition to their Greenmarkets, GrowNYC offers their Fresh Food Box program year-round at NYC Health + Hospitals/Carter location, which is a food access initiative that enables under-served communities to purchase fresh, healthy, and primarily regionally grown produce well below traditional retail prices through the power of collaborative purchasing. Participants sign up for the service and visit their local Fresh Food Box location during the designated time to pick up their produce and order their box for the following week.

Farmers markets at NYC Health + Hospitals facilities for the 2021 season are as follow:

BROOKLYN

NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island
Operated by Harvest Home
Ocean Parkway between Avenue Z and Shore Parkway
Fridays: 8am – 4pm
Through November 19, 2021

NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County
Operated by Harvest Home
451 Clarkson Avenue between E. 37th and E 38th Streets
Wednesdays: 8am – 4pm
Through November 24, 2021
Includes cooking demos

NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull
Operated by GrowNYC
Flushing Avenue and Broadway
Wednesdays: 9am – 2pm
Through November 24, 2021

 

BRONX

NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi
Operated by Harvest Home
1400 Pelham Parkway South at Eastchester Road
Fridays: 8am – 4pm
Through November 19, 2021
Includes cooking demos

NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln
Operated by GrowNYC
Park Avenue & East 149th Street
Tuesdays & Fridays: 8:00 am – 3:00 p.
Through November 23, 2021

NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx
Operated by Harvest Home
Jerome Avenue and Moshulu Parkway North
Thursdays: 8:30am – 4pm (summer/fall); 9am-3pm (winter)
Open all year: July – November: 8:30am-4:00pm; December – June: 9:00am-3:00pm

 

MANHATTAN

NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem
Operated by Harvest Home
512 Lenox Avenue between 135th and 137th Streets
Fridays: 8am – 4pm
Through November 19, 2021
Includes cooking demos

NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan
Operated by Harvest Home
2nd Avenue between E. 97th and E. 99th Streets
Fridays: 8am – 4pm
Through November 19, 2021
Includes cooking demos

NYC Health + Hospitals/Carter
Operated by GorwNYC
Community Plaza, E. 125th Street and Park Avenue
Wednesdays: 3pm – 7pm
Open all year

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gouverneur
Operated by GrowNYC
Madison Street and Jefferson Street
Thursdays: 9am – 2pm
Through November 18, 2021

QUEENS

NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst
Operated by GrowNYC
41st Avenue between 80th and 81st Streets
Tuesdays: 8am – 4pm
Through November 23, 2021

NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens
Operated NYS Agriculture and Markets
82-68 164 Street between Gotham Avenue and Grand Central Parkway
Thursdays: 8am – 5pm
Through November 30, 2020

NYC Health + Hospitals offers a variety of primary and preventive care services to help New Yorkers control their weight, avoid, or manage chronic conditions, and learn about healthy eating and lifestyles. All services are affordable and available to New Yorkers regardless of their ability to pay, immigration status, or insurance status.

For more information on the NYC Health + Hospitals Farmers Markets, visit https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/services/farmers-markets/.


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