Farmers Markets Provide Healthy Food Options for Patients & Staff at NYC Health + Hospitals Locations

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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 and make fresh fruits and vegetables more accessible for patients, staff, and the community. Photo Credit: Associated Press

Each farmers market will take precautions to avoid COVID-19 exposure by enforcing face coverings and social distancing, as well as facilitating contact-less shopping wherever possible

Edited by: JV Staff

NYC Health + Hospitals today announced its 2020 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 and 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 will take precautions to avoid COVID-19 exposure 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.

“NYC Health + Hospitals takes a whole-person approach to care and wellness of our patients, staff, and community members, and that undoubtedly includes strong nutrition, which is foundation to good health and the management of a number of chronic diseases,” said NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz, MD. “We’re grateful for trusted partners like GrowNYC and Harvest Homes Farmers Markets who help our health system reach our communities and provide necessary resources to further enhance New Yorkers’ overall health and wellbeing.”

Various payment options are available to help New Yorkers take advantage of farmers markets, including EBT/SNAP, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) coupons, and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) coupons. In addition, Harvest Home Farmers Markets offers Good to GO Bag, featuring a sample of the healthy produce featured in the weekly recipes.

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 locations and scheduled for 2020 are as follows:

Brooklyn

NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island

Ocean Parkway between Avenue Z and Shore Parkway

Fridays: 8am – 4pm

Through November 25, 2020

NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County

451 Clarkson Avenue between E. 37thand E 38thStreets

Wednesdays: 8am – 4pm

Through November 25, 2020

Bronx

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Belvis

545 E. 142ndStreet

Mondays: 9am – 3pm

Through November 26, 2020

NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx

Jerome Avenue and Moshulu Parkway North

Wednesdays: 8am – 4pm

Through November 25, 2020

NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi

1400 Pelham Parkway South at Eastchester Road

Fridays: 8am – 4pm

Through November 19, 2020

Manhattan

NYC Health + Hospitals/Carter

Community Plaza, E. 125th Street and Park Avenue

Wednesdays: 3pm – 7pm

Open all year

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gouverneur

Madison Street and Jefferson Street

Thursdays: 9am – 1pm

Through November 19, 2020

NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem

512 Lenox Avenue between 135thand 137thStreets

Fridays: 8am – 6pm

Through November 20, 2020

NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan

2ndAvenue between E. 97thand E. 99thStreets

Fridays: 8am – 4pm

Through November 20, 2020

Queens

NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst

41stAvenue between 80thand 81stStreets

Tuesdays: 8am – 4pm

Through November 24, 2020

NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens

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/.

About NYC Health + Hospitals

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. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NYCHealthSystem or Twitter at @NYCHealthSystem.