A free farmers market will open next week at Warminster Community Park to combat hunger in Bucks County with fresh produce.
The market will be the third opened by the Fresh Connect consortium, which is a group of organizations that includes the United Way of Bucks County, Philabundance and St. Mary Medical Medical Center collaborating to provide produce to low-income families in Bucks County who could not afford it otherwise.
The farmers market will be open from 11 a.m. to noon each Tuesday, and interested residents should bring their own shopping bags. They should also be prepared to register by declaring that their income is 200 percent of the federal poverty level or less.
Participants will receive 20 pounds of food per week, including six to eight varieties of fresh produce. The two Fresh Connect markets that opened last year served more than 250 households per week and helped regular participants increase their intake of fruits and vegetables by 2.4 servings per day.
“We at Warminster Township are excited to be partnering with Fresh Connect to bring fresh produce to members of this community who may not otherwise have access to it,” said Warminster Township Parks and Recreation Director Karen Whitney in a statement. “By using Warminster Community Park as a pick-up location, Fresh Connect participants and their families will also be able to enjoy all that our beautiful 240-acre park has to offer.”
A $15,000 grant provided in April from the Leo and Peggy Pierce Family Foundation, which seeks to end hunger and food insecurity in the five-county Philadelphia area and Indian River County, Florida, allowed the third location to open.
“We’re very pleased to be able to expand Fresh Connect to a third site so we can serve even more families in need,” said United Way of Bucks County President and CEO Marissa Christie in a statement. “Fresh Connect is doing more than just putting food on the table. It’s providing fresh, healthy, nourishing choices. It’s improving people’s health and helping them prevent illness through improved nutrition.”
More information is available on United Way of Bucks County’s website.
WBCB’s Evan Easterling contributed to this report.