The Produce Perks Program Provides Healthier, Fresh Foods To Low-Income Neighbors

Sep 10, 2015

The Produce Perks program provides low-income families greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Food access and security continues to be a problem, here and in many other parts of the country. According to a 2011 Cincinnati study,  69% of residents live at least 1.5 miles or more from a mainstream grocery outlet. And most of those residents are below the federal poverty line. The Produce Perks program increases affordability and accessibility to healthful foods for low-income families and individuals, focusing on access to healthy fruits and vegetables.

Here to discuss food access in Greater Cincinnati and the Produce Perks program are Northside Farmer's Market Manager Ana Bird; Penny Shore, manager of the Wyoming Farmer's’ Market; and Tevis Foreman, who manages the Produce Perks program and oversees the Urban Farming Program and Creating Healthy Communities Coalition at the Cincinnati Health Department.

Local Produce Perks participating markets:

Northside Farmer's Market

Lettuce Eat Well Farmer's Market

College Hill Farmer's Market

Wyoming Farmer's Market

Findlay Market

Findlay Market Farmstand @ Roberts Academy