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Public Health System Hosts Farmer’s Markets to Increase Access to Fresh, Affordable Food Options

Aug 05, 2016

New York, NY

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 or fresh food box programs at 12 patient care locations across NYC to make fresh fruits and vegetables more accessible for New Yorkers.

“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 your neighborhood.

2016 Farmer’s Markets

NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island
2100 Ocean Parkway (Avenue Z and Shore Road)
June 15 to November 25
Wednesdays and Fridays: 8am – 4pm
NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County
451 Clarkson Avenue (between 37th and 38th Streets)
June 8 to November 23
Wednesdays: 8am – 4pm
NYC Health + Hospitals/East New York
2094 Pitkin Avenue (Southeast corner of Pitkin and Pennsylvania)
July 5 to November 22
Tuesdays: 9am – 5pm
NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi
1400 Pelham Parkway
Pedestrian Mall
May 10 to November 22
Tuesdays and Fridays: 8am – 4pm
NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln
East 149th Street between Morris and Park Avenues
June 24 to November 22
Tuesdays and Fridays: 8am – 3pm
NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx
Mosholu Parkway North & Jerome Ave
July 6 to November 23
Wednesdays: 8am – 4pm Avenues
NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
Fresh Food Box Program Only
Call (212) 562-7311 for more information
462 First Avenue
Thursdays: 11am – 2pm
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gouverneur
227 Madison St
July 7 to November 17
Thursdays: 8:30am – 3pm
NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem
Lenox Avenue between 135th and 137th Streets
Open all year
Fridays: 8am – 6pm
NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan
99th Street and Third Avenue
June 10 to November 18
Fridays: 8am – 4pm
NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst
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