Collaborative Partnerships Helps a Community Address a Variety of Needs
Food Access ~ Nutrition ~ Food Insecurity ~ Language Barriers ~ Diversity and More!
Since 2010, the Adams County Farmers’ Market Association has partnered with local hospitals, healthcare professionals and community organizations to provide a variety of outreach programs at the farmers’ market. One of its partners, the Adams County Food Policy Council works in partnership with community, business, agriculture and government to develop food policy and action, while promoting the integration of the individual,community, economy and environment for health and sustainability. The Healthy Options program is a example of a successful program implemented through collaborative partnering.
What is Healthy Options?
The Healthy Options is a food voucher program that was piloted in June 2011. In 2012, it enabled 40 families to purchase food from the Adams County Farm Fresh Markets. In 2013-14, the initiative had over 70 participating families. Each family received $40 in vouchers per month during the months of June-September, 2012 and this amount increased to $44 per month during the 2013-14 season. These vouchers can be used to purchase fruit, vegetable, eggs, meat and bread.
Through generous donations from 2011 to 2014, Healthy Options was able to provide over $23,500 worth of monthly vouchers to be used at the Adams County Farm Fresh Markets.
- Health Fair and Kid’s Market Day-Look for this fun market day filled with loads of family friendly activities, education and demos while shopping with area growers and producers at the market.
- Convenient SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) services are available and be sure to ask about our Double Dollars program.
- Market growers accept FMNP and SFMNP. The Farmers Market Nutrition Program provide WIC recipients and eligible seniors with resources in the form of fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs from approved farmers’ markets in Pennsylvania. The purpose of the FMNP and SFMNP is to increase the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables with low income seniors and WIC recipients, and to expand the awareness, use of and sales at farmer’s markets.
- Fresh Food, Flavor & Affordability-Be sure to sign up for our market e-newsletter to be informed on this year’s cooking demos sponsored by Wellspan Health.
Fresh Food, Flavor & Affordability – Cooking Demos
Since 2009, the Adams County Farmers’ Market Association has celebrated the flavors of seasonal and local harvests through our Fresh Food, Flavor and Affordability cooking programs. Hosted by Betsy Wargo, Community Nutritionist with Wellspan Health these program aim to educate consumers on simpler preparations that are not only nutritious but full of flavor.