FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) – The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and Parkview Health have joined forces once again to sell local produce in HEAL markets. The first of three markets opens Wednesday.
HEAL effort is synonymous with healthy eating and active living.
“HEAL Agricultural Markets are markets intended to serve underserved communities,” said Sharon Tubbs, director of HealthVisions Midwest Fort Wayne. “Our goal is to reach communities that are food deserts where there are no grocery stores where they can get fresh fruits and vegetables to lead healthy lives. “
Despite this being the market’s sixth year, Tubbs said the pandemic has underscored the need for the community to be as healthy as possible.
“Some of our hardest hit communities were communities plagued by diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and lack of nutrition,” Tubbs said. “Now these problems exist, not only because people choose to eat the wrong foods, but often times people just don’t have access to the foods they need for healthier lives. ”
The markets offer “anything you would put in a salad,” according to Tubbs. This includes tomatoes, cauliflower, squash, onions, and corn.
Locally grown produce will be available in three locations:
- McCormick Place Market, 3005 McCormick Ave., Wednesdays, July-September, 5-7 p.m.
- Parkview Health Greenhouse Market, 1716 Beacon Street, Thursdays, July to September, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- South Side Farmers’ Market, 3300 Warsaw St., Saturdays, July-October, 8 a.m. to noon.
Anyone using SNAP or WIC / Senior vouchers gets double the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables for their family. Cash, credit and debit are also accepted.
“So if you bring your WIC product voucher here, and it’s $ 8, we’ll give you $ 16 worth of groceries,” Tubbs said. “Where can you beat that?” ”
As in previous years, WIC families can also pick up their product vouchers at McCormick Place and Parkview Health Greenhouse markets. The vouchers and the $ 1 for $ 1 match can be spent all summer long at any of the HEAL markets, according to Tubbs.