Farmers Market Brings Low-Cost Produce, Recipes and Nutrition Education to New York's Central Harlem

ncreasing the availability of fresh produce and nutritional and public health education to a low-income, minority population

Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ), a social service organization in New York City's Central Harlem, operated a monthly "farmers market" that provided low-income families with easy access to fresh produce at reduced or no cost. Staff and volunteers also provided recipes, food samples and nutrition education.

The HCZ Farmers Market was open the second Sunday of each month in the cafeteria of the organization's community center, 35 East 125th Street.

Key Results:

  • An average of 300 families a month participated in the market during the 12 months of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) funding."
  • Staff and volunteers distributed more than 2,400 copies of recipes to market participants in that period.
  • The market continued operating after RWJF funding ended.

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