Public Health System Hosts Farmer’s Markets in Queens to Increase Access to Fresh, Affordable Food Options
Aug 05, 2016
NYC Health + Hospitals continues its commitment to addressing social determinants of health in New York City by increasing access to fresh and affordable produce. Through its partnerships with Harvest Home Farmer’s Market and GrowNYC the health system is hosting farmers markets at its two hospitals in Queens.
“NYC Health + Hospitals deeply understands the needs of the communities we serve, the challenges they are facing, and the direct impact it has on an individual’s health,” said Dr. Ram Raju, President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals. “We are building the foundation for healthier communities by increasing access to affordable, fresh food options in neighborhoods that need it most, and educating patients about the critical role nutrition plays in the prevention and control of chronic health conditions.”
Farmer’s markets offer a variety of affordable, regionally-grown vegetables, fruits, fresh juices and flowers in communities where residents sometimes lack access to quality produce at reasonable prices. Many of the markets also conduct regular on-site cooking and nutrition demonstrations, providing healthy recipes and eating tips, and highlighting how eating fruits and vegetables can help ward off or control the symptoms of obesity and chronic disease.
Various payment options are available to help residents take advantage of farmer’s markets, and shoppers can take advantage of EBT/SNAP, Health Bucks, Green Checks, Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) coupons and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) coupons.
NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue will partner with GrowNYC as part of its Fresh Food Box Program. Every week participants are provided with a selection of the best seasonally available, regionally-grown produce, along with recipes and instructions for proper storage.
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 or insurance status. Call 311 or visit NYC Health + Hospitals to find a patient care location in Queens.
41st Avenue between 80th and 81st Streets
June 7 to November 22
Tuesdays: 8am – 4pm
NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens
82-68 164th Street
Side of the Pavilion Building
July 14 to November 17
Thursdays: 8am – 4pm
Contact: Jennifer Bender, 212-788-3339