This press release published at the request of the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County.
The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County and the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is proud to announce that Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Coupons are now available for qualified WIC participants. Pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding women and children ages one to five who are enrolled in the WIC Program can receive coupons to purchase fresh Florida produce at the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) WIC Clinic Market (224 S.E. 24th Street, Gainesville). The market takes place in the main parking lot of the Alachua County Health Department and operates on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. FMNP WIC Clinic Market allows WIC participants and the public to have access to locally grown, farm-fresh produce.
“We feel that having the Farmers’ Market here will enhance health of nutritionally at-risk residents, and promotes the use of the farmers’ market by WIC families and low-income residents,” states Alachua WIC Program Administrative Assistant Candi Morris. “It also encourages expanded and diversified fruit and vegetable production here in Alachua County, and promotes the development of farmers’ markets as a component of sustainable, quality communities.”
The market is open to all Alachua County residents. Customers will be able to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables using either their WIC/Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) Coupons, cash or debit/credit card at the market.
For more information, contact Candi Morris at 352-225-4375.