PONTIAC, MI – Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson encourages low-income residents to use their Bridge cards/EBT to purchase fresh, healthy produce with a Family Market Day event on Saturday, July 25th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford.
The Family Market Day event is put on by Oakland County Health Division and the Healthy Oakland Partnership.
“Farmers markets that accept Bridge cards/EBT increase access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables for low-income residents,” said Patterson. “This helps families eat healthier on a budget and increases sales for local farmers.”
Five dollar free produce coupons are available for residents participating in the Bridge cards/EBT, WIC, Project Fresh and Senior Project Fresh. Those who make a Bridge card/EBT purchase at the event will also receive an additional $5 coupon for fresh fruits and vegetables. The Oakland County Market also participates in Double Up Food Bucks where participants can get an additional $20 if they purchase up to $20 on their EBT/Bridge card. There will be prizes, Yoga, Zumba, fun activities for children, free recipe samples, and health screenings. Inflatable bouncers will be on-site, so bring socks for the kids!
Family Market Day sponsors include SMART, St. Joseph Mercy – Oakland, and Genisys Credit Union. For more information, visit www.oakgov.com/health or contact Suzanne Weinert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-452-9174.
Healthy Oakland Partnership (HOP)
Healthy Oakland Partnership (HOP) was started by Oakland County Health Division in 2009, under the leadership of L. Brooks Patterson, as a collaboration of local government, hospitals, health care providers, community based organizations, business, and citizens dedicated to promoting healthy eating and physical activity and improving the health of Oakland County residents.
HOP currently has two teams dedicated to specific initiatives:
- Youth Team – Members will work with interested schools to implement smarter lunchroom strategies, which increase healthy eating by students, and the Fuel Up To Play 60 program.
- Farmers Market Team – Members work with interested Oakland County Farmers Markets to increase acceptance of food assistance programs, including SNAP and WIC benefits.