“Access to fresh and affordable fruits and veggies allow for the formation of healthy habits,” said Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas at the ribbon cutting for the new farmers market.
The collaboration is the result of a partnership among the Office of Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA) and the MLK Outpatient Center. SEE-LA is also providing weekly nutrition classes in English and Spanish through a grant from the Department of Public Health. At the market, patrons will be able to use CalFresh EBT cards and WIC checks. Additionally, SEE-LA offers “Market Match” which doubles the purchasing power of WIC fruit and vegetable checks and CalFresh up to $10 per day.
“This is your market and we hope you use it,” said James Haydu, Executive Director of SEE-LA.
The Farmers Market features fresh produce as well as local vendors– just the prescription for fighting obesity and other chronic diseases.
“But it’s also part of the prescription for being able to get outside, meet your neighbors, and enjoy your community,” the Supervisor said.
The farmers market will be held every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. along the breezeway between the MLK Outpatient Center and the Community Hospital.