HHC Hospitals Host Farmers Markets to Jumpstart
New York, NY - The New York City Health and Hospitals
Corporation (HHC) welcomes back farmers markets at several
public hospital campuses this summer, making healthy food
available in communities where residents don't always have
access to fresh fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices.
Farmers markets are open now through November, with one
market, at Metropolitan Hospital Center, opening today.
Another market at Queens Hospital Center is open year-round.
A variety of vegetables, fruits, fresh juices and flowers
that are all regionally grown will be offered on a weekly
"By providing healthy and affordable dietary options for
patients, employees and the local community, these farmers
markets support HHC's efforts to keep communities healthy,
particularly helping to prevent obesity, high blood pressure
and diabetes," said HHC President Alan D. Aviles. "At HHC we
promote healthy eating, along with regular checkups and
exercise, to help people stay physically fit and to control
the chronic diseases that affect many of our patients. It's
part of a citywide and nationwide effort to improve the
eating habits of children and adults."
HHC has for several years had healthy eating and weight loss
programs throughout its facilities to help New Yorkers of all
ages boost their health and physical fitness. The public
hospitals are also part of a recently formed city-wide
anti-obesity task force made up of 10 city agencies. The task
force was established to develop strategies and initiatives
to help New Yorkers stay healthy and fight rising health
HHC's promotion of healthy and sustainable produce offered at
markets this summer and fall will help introduce the concept
of healthier food options to more New Yorkers.
The farmers markets are hosted in partnership with Harvest
Home and Greenmarket. Shoppers can pay for their fresh fruits
and leafy greens using EBT cards (food stamps), Health Bucks,
Green Checks, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)
coupons and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) coupons.
Here is a list of farmers markets at HHC hospitals: