GrowNYC's Fresh Food Box Program is a food access initiative that enables under-served communities to purchase fresh, healthy, and primarily regionally grown produce well below traditional retail prices. Through the power of collaborative purchasing, Fresh Food Box customers purchase for $14-15 what would cost $20-$30 in a store. All Fresh Food Box sites accept SNAP/EBT and Health Bucks, to make the program even more affordable.
The produce included in each Fresh Food Box is the best of what’s seasonally available. From July through November, Fresh Food Box sources from farms in the Northeast; in the winter and spring, Northeast produce is supplemented with produce from carefully vetted farms in Southern states, like Florida. This ensures Fresh Food Box provides a wide variety of fresh produce year-round while driving sales of locally-available items such as apples, root vegetables, eggs, grains, and dried beans.
How Fresh Food Box works:
- Visit a Fresh Food Box site near you
- Pay $14 (or $15 at workplace sites) in cash, credit/debit, EBT/SNAP, or Health Bucks for next week’s share
- Return the following week to pick up your share containing 10-15 pounds of fresh, high-quality produce
The nearest locations:
- Bellevue Hospital at 462 1st Avenue (at 27th Street)
- Lenox Hill Neighborhood House at 70th St. and 1st Avenue
The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a state-run program open to seniors 60 or older who have a qualifying income. As part of the program, seniors are sent special gift certificates to spend on produce at participating farmers markets.
The farmers market on Wednesdays, from 8 AM - 4 PM, at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza on 47th St. accepts FMNP.
To sign up for FMNP you would need to contact the New York City Department of the Aging either on their website or by calling 311.
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