The Barry-Eaton District Health Department, (BEDHD) and local farmers are coming together to bring Project Fresh, a program that makes fresh, farmers’ market produce available to low-income, nutritionally-at-risk consumers, to Barry and Eaton County WIC participants who are pregnant, postpartum, or have children ages 1-4 years. Even though infants 6-12 months do not qualify, all women and children qualify.
A $25 coupon booklet will be given to WIC participants to use at local farmers markets this summer to buy fresh, locally grown produce.
Coupon booklets are available at the Hastings health department office at 330 Woodlawn Avenue on Friday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and at the Charlotte health department office at 1033 Health Care Drive, on Thursday, June 14 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
One booklet will be given per family. No appointment is required, but there is a limited supply of the booklets to be given out on a first-come/first-served basis.
Those with questions, including if you qualify, call the WIC office in Barry County at 269-945-9516, or the WIC office in Eaton County at (517)541-2630.
All farmers participating in Project Fresh will have a laminated yellow poster stating: “Project FRESH Coupons Accepted Here.” //
BEDHD encourages everyone to eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day for better health. Fruits and vegetables are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They are naturally rich in nutrients, low in calories and fat, and able to reduce health risks such as cancer, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and other diseases. Fruits and vegetables are the original fast and easy food.