Healthy food for all of our families
By The PHCD Team | March 12, 2014
March is National Nutrition Month!
One of the Petaluma Health Care District’s strategic goals is to serve as leader and resource for community health, wellness, and prevention. We work with residents, community agencies, local businesses, and city and county officials to support programs that promote the wellness of our residents and prevent poor health outcomes.
One of easiest and most efficient ways we can experience life-long health is to maintain a healthy diet, consuming fresh foods rich in the nutrients our bodies need. SonomaCounty’s deep agricultural roots have made it a bastion for local farmers and producers who grow and prepare the most delicious fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products in the country.
Unfortunately, many of our residents still struggle to access these goods, and one of the most basic ways to maintain strong health – by making smart nutrition decisions – may be out of reach for many in our community.
Fortunately, in 2013, PHCD was approached by Agricultural Community Events Farmers Markets and was asked to support their efforts to make produce and goods produced by our local farmers accessible to all families. We jumped at the opportunity to provide matching funds to individuals using their EBT cards at the Petaluma East Side Farmer’s Market. Now, every time a person spends $10 with their CalFresh EBT card at the Petaluma East Side Farmer’s Market, they receive an additional $10 to use at the Market.
Over $2,560 has been received by low-income families and individuals through this incentive program, and we’re proud of every dollar used to buy delicious local goods – but there’s much work left to do. We want to ensure this program is used by every resident who qualifies, and that all of our families, children, and aging adults have the opportunity to make smart nutrition decisions. Please, help us spread the word! If you know someone who may qualify, let them know that the Petaluma East Side Farmer’s Market is held every Tuesday, rain or shine, from 10:30 am to 1pm at Lucchesi Part, 320 North McDowell Boulevard. Download our informational flyer and hang it in your business window, email it to friends, or print and share with anyone you think may benefit from this amazing program.
Working together we can ensure every family and individual can access all the healthy and delicious goods our farmer’s and producers are known for, and that Sonoma County is the healthiest county in California by 2020!