Project FRESH gives WIC participants free fruits, vegetables

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The Kent County Health Department is offering WIC participants the opportunity to get $25 in free produce from local farmer's markets through Project FRESH.

The KCHD says that qualified applicants will be required to attend a 15 to 20 minute class about Project FRESH, which will include nutritional tips and recipes.

During the class, participants will receive a coupon booklet that consist of five $5 coupons to use at participating farmers markets and roadside stands from June 1 through October 31, 2017. 

"The benefits of this program are two fold," said Abby Bishop, the WIC program supervisor at the department. "We are able to get fresh fruits and vegetables into the hands of our clients, free of charge to them, and we're able to keep the funding for the program in the local economy by supporting the farmers and growers of Kent County."

Funding for the program is being made available by the United States Agriculture Department. 

Project FRESH is a once a year benefit -- meaning each recipient will only receive the $25 coupon booklet one time this season. 

Applicants must make an appointment for the class by calling KCHD at 616-632-7200. The classes are beginning to form now and are offered in both English and Spanish.

For more information about Project FRESH and other KCHD services, visit www.accesskent.com/health.

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