Here’s How To Get It – NBC New York (47)

Eating fruits and vegetables every day is a way to stay healthy and help reduce the risk of heart disease and possibly some types of cancer, says New York City. Fruits and vegetables add flavor, vitamins, minerals, and fiber to meals and snacks.

The good news is that New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have the ability to purchase these products at discounts and even get some for free.

Health Bucks

One of the ways is with the so-called Health Bucksor Health Dollars, which are coupons that can be used to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at all New York City farmers markets. For every $5 spent at farmers’ markets using SNAP on an EBT card, you can get $2 in Health Bucks up to $10 per day.

Health Bucks are available year-round at markets in New York City farmers who accept EBT.

For more information you can email [email protected]health.nyc.gov.

More information about this measure here.

Get the Good Stuff

On the other hand, SNAP recipients also have another option to get free fruits and vegetables at certain New York City supermarkets through the program. Get the Good Stuff dthe Department of Health

For every dollar you spend using SNAP/EBT on eligible fruits, vegetables, and beans, you can get a matching dollar (up to $10 per day) that you can use toward your next qualifying food purchase.

Foods that qualify for the program include:

  • Fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs.
  • Frozen fruits and vegetables without added sugar, salt or fat.
  • Canned and canned fruits, vegetables, legumes, and lentils without added sugar, salt, or fat.
  • Dried beans, lentils and fruits without added sugar, salt or fat.

Check here the list of participating supermarkets to start getting free fruits, vegetables and beans, visit their customer service to register.

Another resources

See farmers markets open throughout 2022 here
in New York City.

See here how to make a healthy meal.

Check out New York City recipes with vegetables and fruits here.

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