As one of Wholesome Wave Foundation’s core programs under the “Nourishing Neighborhoods” campaign umbrella, created by chef and sustainable food advocate Michel Nischan and Wholesome Wave Chairman Gus Schumacher, the Neighborhood Farm Stand Program brings farm stands deep within neighborhoods of underserved Bridgeport, Connecticut communities three days a week. The Park City Harvest farm stand pilot program, supported by the Double Value Coupon Program, sells healthy, locally grown produce from Connecticut farmers. Consumers have three locations to choose from:
- Wed. – Bridgeport Health Department, 752 East Main Street, 10-7
- Thurs. -Marina Village, Columbia Street and Ridge Avenue, 10-3
- Fri. – St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main Street, 10-7
This “Nourishing Neighborhoods” program is a five-fold stimulus to:
- create fresh produce availability in “food deserts”
- develop local jobs to manage neighborhood “market” stands
- improve well-being by offering healthier food choices to vulnerable families
- provide income support to the farmers selling in these neighborhoods
- serve as a solid investment in reducing future health care costs by decreasing the growing diabetes and obesity problem.
Market Box Nutrition Program
Launched at the Norwalk Community Health Center (NCHC) as another one of Wholesome Wave Foundation’s “Nourishing Neighborhoods” core programs, the Market Box Nutrition Program purchases surplus fruits and vegetables from the Westport farmers’ market, pack the produce into half-bushel boxes, then deliver the boxes at an affordable and subsidized cost to families that have little access to fresh food. Each box, a $20-25 value, may be purchased for $6 in Food Stamps or Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Farmers Market Nutrition vouchers. The program benefits families that want to purchase fresh, locally grown produce but do not have access to transportation or the economic means to shop at farmers’ markets.