Addressing the economic and cultural barriers to healthy eating choices for low-income families

The Foundation's initiative, Healthy Eating by Design, seeks to affect favorably the food environment for school-aged youth and their families.This programmatic effort is part of a much larger effort to identify an integrated set of initiatives that address policy and environmental solutions, communications strategies and tactics, and school and/or community-based partnerships that will increase access to healthy food choices. The grantee will be required to assess the current food environment in its target area and to conduct a process evaluation documenting the successes of and lessons learned from its 18-month initiative. Community Farmers' Markets by Design is a community intervention in the Union Square neighborhood of Somerville that will supplement healthy eating choices for low-income families by lowering the economic and cultural barriers to participation in a newly established farmers' market. This venue will support: sustainable structures that expand the use of food stamps and WIC coupons as market currency; environmental improvements that make the market more appealing and accessible to poor immigrants, caregivers for low-income children, and other non-traditional users; and a community education booth as a permanent and interactive part of the market.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $50,000.00

Awarded on: 5/25/2005

Time frame: 6/15/2005 - 12/14/2006

Grant Number: 53325


City of Somerville Health Department

City Hall Annex
50 Evergreen Avenue
Somerville, 02145-2819


Noreen Burke
Project Director