NYC Health + Hospitals Expand Access To Affordable Healthy Food Options With Annual Farmers Market
NYC Health + Hospitals today announced its 2021 schedule for farmer’s 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 farmer’s 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. Farmer’s 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 farmer’s 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 farmer’s 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 products and order their box for the following week.
Farmers markets at NYC Health + Hospitals facilities for the 2021 season are as follow:
NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island, Operated by Harvest Home, Ocean Parkway between Avenue Z and Shore Parkway, Fridays: 8 am – 4 pm, Through November 19, 2021
NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, Operated by Harvest Home, 451 Clarkson Avenue between E. 37th and E 38th Streets, Wednesdays: 8 am – 4 pm, Through November 24, 2021, Includes cooking demos
NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull, Operated by GrowNYC, Flushing Avenue and BroadwayWednesdays: 9 am – 2 pm, Through November 24, 2021
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NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi, Operated by Harvest Home, 1400 Pelham Parkway South at Eastchester Road, Fridays: 8 am – 4 pm, 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: 8:30 am – 4 pm (summer/fall); 9 am-3 pm (winter), Open all year: July – November: 8:30 am-4:00 pm; December – June: 9:00 am-3:00 pm
NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem, Operated by Harvest Home, 512 Lenox Avenue between 135th and 137th Streets, Fridays: 8 am – 4 pm, 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: 8 am – 4 pm, Through November 19, 2021, Includes cooking demos
NYC Health + Hospitals/Carter, Operated by GorwNYC, Community Plaza, E. 125th Street and Park Avenue, Wednesdays: 3 pm – 7 pm, Open all year
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gouverneur, Operated by GrowNYC, Madison Street and Jefferson Street, Thursdays: 9 am – 2 pm, Through November 18, 2021
NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, Operated by GrowNYC, 41st Avenue between 80th and 81st Streets, Tuesdays: 8 am – 4 pm, 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: 8 am – 5 pm, 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/.
NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs.
A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals.
Its diverse workforce of more than 42,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible.
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