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Together we are increasing access to fresh, healthy produce
while supporting local farms and our farmers' markets!
What is Healthy Options?
The Healthy Options is a food voucher program that was being piloted in June 2011. In 2012, it aims to enable 40 families to purchase food from the Adams County Farm Fresh Markets. Each family will receive $40 in vouchers per month during the months of June-September, 2012. These vouchers can be used to purchase fruit, vegetable, eggs, meat and bread are the following markets:
Gettysburg Rec Park: Wednesdays from 12:00 pm–4:00pm
The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg: Fridays from 9:30 am–5pm
The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg: Saturdays from 9:30am-2pm
Recipients of the food vouchers are required to:
- Pick up their vouchers at the Farm Fresh Markets information table / EBT stand.
- Choose from among the Healthy Options interactive activities in order to engage in educational and/or feedback opportunities. Options may include: nutrition education with a Registered Dietitian at the market or a setting mutually agreed upon between the Registered Dietitian and participating family, cooking classes, a farm tour, a photovoices project (a family taking pictures representing its own experience with food), pre- and post-program surveys.
- Inform the Healthy Options organizers if they move or decide not to continue participation so that the benefit can be shared with another family.
Who is eligible?
For 2012, we will be accepting a total of 40 families into the program. Families that wish to take part must:
- Have an income that is between 160%-250% of the FPIG;
- AND be referred to the project through the Circles Initiative, the LIU Migrant Education Program, SCCAP Food Pantries, Meals and More, WellSpan Latino Community Health Promoter or Family First Health Center
This project aims to:
- Provide families who are not eligible for food assistance programs with the increased ability to purchase healthy, fresh foods;
- Increase fruit and vegetable consumption;
- Support local farms and our local economy; and
- Provide nutrition education and support.
What were successes and lessons learned from 2012?
Gettysburg College student, Lisa Martin '12, with the guidance of Professor Amy Dailey, evaluated the 2011 pilot project. Participants raved that the produce was “fresh,” “really good,” and “excellent,” and one participant claimed that while her family has tried eating healthier before, “it worked this time around.” Vendors at the farmers markets unanimously and enthusiastically encouraged the continuation of Healthy Options. Read the research.
How is this program funded?
This projects is funded through community support!
Four local farms (Common Grounds Farm, Everblossom Farm, Beech Springs Farm and Sherlock's Farm) each generously donated a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share to the Campus Kitchen for resale. This provided $1,850.
Additional support came from on online fundraising competition. Thank you to the amazing support of over 55 donors and the collaborative efforts of Amazing Heart Farm, Beech Springs Farm, Everblossom Farm, Sherlock's Farm, The Adams County Food Policy Council, Adams County Farmers' Market Association Inc. and The Adams County Circles Initiative!