Healthy Eating

 Why is healthy eating important?

Healthy eating is important for everyone, no matter what age or stage of life. Eating well provides nutrition to give us energy, to prevent disease, and to improve.                                             


Healthy Food Resources in Louisville

Louisville Farmers Market Association

Louisville has vibrant Farmers Markets! 

The Louisville Farmers Market Association works to unite communities and support farmers markets, farmers and local producers to create access to a just, healthy and sustainable food system in Louisville Metro.

LFMA does this by providing assistance such as marketing, financial advisement, vendor and volunteer recruitment to increase the capacity of farmers markets.

And programs, such as increasing access for low-income SNAP participants through the Double Dollars Program and Free EBT Equipment and seniors through the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. 

  • What is Kentucky Double Dollars Program?The mission of the Kentucky Double Dollars program is to remove obstacles of WIC FMNP, SFMNP, and SNAP participants to increase the purchase and consumption of locally-grown food with point-of-sale “double dollars” incentives at multiple access points across Kentucky, including urban and rural farmers’ markets, Fresh Stop Markets (community-driven, sliding fee scale farmers markets), and selected pilot retail sites. Learn more from Community Farm Alliance
  • What is the Free EBT Equipment program? In 2014, the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) was contracted by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to administer the Free SNAP EBT Equipment Program, which provides funding for new EBT equipment and related service fees to farmers markets and direct marketing farmers (DMFs) who participate in at least one farmers market. When the program closed in November 2017, FMC had approved 1,771 applicants to the Free SNAP EBT Equipment Program; of these, 1,005 were farmers markets and 744 were eligible direct marketing farmers. Applicants came from 48 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and represented both rural and urban market settings.Learn more from Farmers Market Coalition. 
  • What is the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program? The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides income eligible seniors with $28 in checks per season to purchase fresh, unprocessed, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs at State-approved farmers markets. Learn more from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

Are you a farmers market manager? Join the Louisville Farmers Market Associaiton

Do you support farmers markters? Become a member today!


Fresh Stops

Fresh Stop Markets are “pop up” farm-fresh food markets set up at local churches, community centers, and now even in a crossfit gym, in fresh food insecure neighborhoods. The food has been paid for in advance so that farmers don’t face the same degree of risk as they do with a standard farmers’ market. People in the community describe Fresh Stop Markets as welcoming and happy—like a family reunion where all five senses are engaged and there is lots of laughter, food and fun! 


New Roots' Fresh Stop Markets are open to everyone and created, led, and sustained by community leaders. Most Fresh Stop Markets reserve 75 percent of all shares for those individuals and families identifying as having limited resources according to the WIC eligibility guidelines (185 percent of poverty or less). Fresh Stop Markets also accept and double SNAP/EBT. 

Click here to learn more or find a Fresh Stop Market near you!

 

Urban Agriculture Coalition

The Urban Agriculture Coalition works to create an equitable and resilient food system in Louisville, KY by:

  • Supporting and expanding home and community based food production and distribution
  • Providing agricultural eduation resource
  • And restoring the relationships between our gardens, their communities and ecosystems
  • Learn more at https://foodinneighborhoods.org/grow/

Are you passionate about improving the food system in Louisville? Join the Food In Neighborhoods Community Coalition (FIN). 

FIN is a broad coalition of individuals and representatives of groups working to build a more equitable, healthy, and sustainable food and farm system in and around Louisville.  A commitment to the above goal and shared values of inclusiveness, anti-oppression, fairness, and equity are the magnetic core of the coalition.

FIN is committed to creating a space where all have a voice in shaping a just and resilient food system, with special emphasis on perspectives, expressed needs, and solutions emerging from the neighborhoods most directly and negatively affected by the dominant food regime. Learn more at fininneighborhoods.org