During the market’s 2009 season, 4,255 Fresh Checks were redeemed by individuals and families in need at the East Palo Alto Community Farmers Market. This represents $21,275 in fresh produce made available for families in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park as a result of this program.
Through our Fresh Checks Partner Agencies, we empowered local doctors, nurses, social workers and other staff to distribute Fresh Checks directly to their clients and patients. Participating agencies included the Ravenswood Family Health Center, El Concilio, Bread of Life EPA, Bayshore Christian Ministries, Ecumenical Hunger Program, WIC Clinic, EPA Senior Center, Nuestra Casa and others.
Program administrators at our partner agencies can attest to the importance and positive impact of the program:
“By the end of November (we started in mid October), our folks started to ask for more Fresh Checks and everyone was interested in knowing how soon the next cycle would begin. Most of our program participants, especially our mothers, found the checks to be of great benefit to their families.”
– Andrés R. Connell, Executive Director, Nuestra Casa
“We distributed checks to our diabetic and hypertensive patients who are urged to each healthier and a nutritious diet; and also handed our checks for the first time to some of our homeless clients who receive behavioral health counseling with our clinicians.”
– Belinda Hernandez, Director of Behavioral Health, Health Education & Prevention Programs, Ravenswood Family Health Center
Moving on to 2010
As of mid-October, 2010, nearly 2,500 Fresh Checks have been redeemed in only three months of market operation! This amounts to $12,420 of fresh produce creating healthy meals in homes throughout the community! In the first three months of operation, average attendance at the market has been almost 300 people!
Thanks to Fresh Checks, the East Palo Alto Community Farmers’ Market is being recognized as a fantastic place in the community to get access to healthy, affordable, local produce, make friends, and support local famers.