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NYC Health + Hospitals Builds Healthy Communities with Innovative Food Programs

NYC Health + Hospitals is increasing New Yorkers’ access to fresh, locally grown produce by hosting farmers markets and fresh food programs at patient care locations in neighborhoods where residents sometimes lack access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The programs are part of NYC Health + Hospitals’ ongoing commitment to improving community health by increasing residents’ access to affordable, nutritious food.

The markets are hosted in partnership with non-profit organization Harvest Home Farmer’s Market. Many of them hold on-site cooking demonstrations and provide tips for making healthy diet and lifestyle choices to prevent and control obesity and other chronic health conditions. NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue in Manhattan partnered with another non-profit organization, GrowNYC, as part of its Fresh Food Box program in which participants receive weekly selections of regionally grown produce, as well as recipes and proper storage instructions for each week’s selections.

Residents can take advantage of both programs using numerous payment options, including EBT/SNAP, Health Bucks, Green Checks, Senior Farmers Market Nutritional Program (FMNP) coupons and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) options.