Increasing Access to Fresh, Healthy Foods...One Coupon at a Time
Article and picture by Urban Alliance staff.
"I can get fresh fruits and vegetables," "It gives better options than the grocery store," "It helps me to be healthier while pregnant," "They help me to eat more nutritious food at a lower cost."
Along with the coupons, packets that included information about free and low-cost local health services, free summer meals and other health resources were handed out.
"I enjoyed interacting and getting to know new and different people from various ethnic groups," explained Moneque Beckford, UA intern, "and I also enjoyed being able to be an asset to others, especially those within my community. It is always an enjoyable feeling to be able to help others, especially those in need."
Plus, the coupons are a catalyst for increasing use of the farmers market for people who never had. In fact, 46% of those who redeemed coupons had rarely or never been to the farmers market last year, while 92% planned to return.
Community residents excitedly shared what plans they had for using their fruits and veggies, including 92 year-old Alice, who couldn't wait to get home a cook up some green tomatoes.
As another season of the Revitalize Community Health Outreach winds down, the orchestra of hundreds of volunteers, dozens of churches and community organizations, two farmers markets, and thousands of coupons worked together to impact the lives of countless people in our local community by helping provide avenues for achieving optimal physical health. And that is something to celebrate!
If you, your church or organization would like to get involved with next year's Revitalize Community Health Outreach, please contact Angela Colantonio, Urban Alliance's Director of Implementation, Health and Basic Needs, at email@example.com or 860.986.7724 x20.
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