Through the Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), Yavapai County Cooperative Extension’s AZ Health Zone team, Prescott Farmers Market (PFM) and Chandler-based Pinnacle Prevention collaborated to get fresh fruits and vegetables to 32 low-income seniors living at Village Towers in Prescott on October 24.
In July, Pinnacle Prevention, whose mission is to inspire and advance a healthy food system and opportunities for active living, launched the newly revamped Farmers Market Nutrition Program at 18 sites across the state. The FMNP provides Arizona-grown fruits and vegetables to women and children participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and to seniors who participate in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) through $30 worth of farmers market coupons https://www.
Through this partnership, $960 worth of FMNP coupons were used to provide 32 low-income seniors with bags containing carrots, onions, apples, grapes, mushrooms, tomatoes, and garlic. These produce items were purchased from the following PFM vendors: Aguiar Farms, Paulden; Reyes Farm, Paulden; Sun Valley Harvest, Glendale; Whipstone Farm, Paulden; Cielo Azul Vineyard, Chino Valley; Mina’s Farm, Camp Verde; and Blooming Reed Farm, Paulden. PFM also provided each senior with a vegetable peeler to aid in food prep.
The Farmers Market Nutrition Program has ended for 2020. The next season will begin tentatively in February 2021. For more information about the FMNP and to learn about Pinnacle Prevention’s other services, visit https://www.
As a vital part of the economy, the mission of Prescott Farmers Market is to support and expand local agriculture, cultivate a healthy community and increase access to affordable local food. PFM is a nonprofit organization and a Qualifying Charitable Tax Credit Organization with the State of Arizona. PFM is proud to partner with these other Arizona agencies and looks forward to future collaborations.
For more information, visit www.prescottfarmersmarket.org or call 928-713-1227.
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