Project FRESH and Your Health

The Barry-Eaton District Health Department, (BEDHD) and local farmers are coming together to bring Project Fresh, a program that makes fresh, farmers’ market produce available to Eaton County WIC participants who are pregnant, postpartum, or children ages 1-4 years.

A coupon booklet, worth $25.00, will be given to WIC participants to be used at local farmers markets in summer of 2019 to buy fresh, locally grown produce. Even though infants 6-12 months do not qualify, all women and children qualify. All farmers participating in Project Fresh will have a laminated yellow poster stating: “Project FRESH Coupons Accepted Here.”

To receive the coupon booklet, WIC participants should visit the Barry-Eaton District Health Department on Thursday, June 20, from 9:00am – 12:00pm or 1:00 pm – 4:00pm, 1033 Health Care Drive, Charlotte, MI. One booklet will be given per family. While no appointment is required, there is a limited supply of the coupon booklets which will be given out on a first-come/first-served basis. If you have any questions, including if you qualify, please call the WIC office in Eaton County at (517)541-2630.

BEDHD encourages everyone to eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day for better health. Fruits and vegetables are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They are naturally rich in nutrients, low in calories and fat, and are able to reduce health risks such as cancer, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and other diseases. Fruits and vegetables are the original fast and easy food.

-From the Barry-Eaton District Health Department

Article posted on May 28, 2019.