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New York City Health Bucks & Farm Fresh Initiative

New York City has a Health Bucks Program:

NYC farmers markets provide an opportunity for residents to buy fresh and affordable produce while supporting regional farmers. Health Bucks, worth $2 each, are developed and distributed by NYC Health Department District Public Health Offices and can be used to purchase fresh fruits & vegetables at participating farmers markets (listed on each Health Buck).

At farmers markets that accept food stamps (Electronic Benefit Cards/EBT), one Health Buck coupon will be given to each customer for every $5 spent using food stamps.

The Health Department encourages all New Yorkers to eat more fruits and vegetables to improve their health and reduce their risk of diabetes, high-blood pressure, and heart disease. Support your local farmers markets and have a happy and healthy summer!

Read the press release:

In addition, the New York City Farm Fresh Initiative is a partnership between Just Food, New York City Coalition Against Hunger, and Hunger Action Network of New York State. Through a grant from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, the Farm Fresh Initiative makes Community Supported Agriculture accessible to low-income community members. FFI accepts food stamps and offers additional discounts to members using food stamps and/or additional volunteers hours as payment.

There is an emergency food part of this program also.  The Local Produce Link is a way to get industrial size CSA shares to emergency food pantries.

The CSAs involved are:
Long Island City CSA
Flatbush Farm Share
West Harlem CSA

More information about the Local Produce Link can be found here: