North Central Health District

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WIC Farmer’s Markets Coming to Counties Across Central Georgia

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North Central Health District (NCHD) is hosting its annual farmer’s markets for participants of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program at each of the 13 county health departments along with the Felton Homes and Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) WIC Offices in Macon.

“We’re always excited to host the WIC Farmer’s Markets across our counties,” said NCHD Nutrition Services Director Nancy Jeffery. “Each one of these events gives our WIC clients an opportunity to receive fresh produce for free at an accessible location. It’s a great chance to try healthy fruits and vegetables that may not normally be available without travelling elsewhere.”

This year, four of the markets will be partnering with agencies in order provide fresh foods to seniors and participants of the Head Start program. The markets in Crawford and Wilkinson Counties will work with local senior centers and those in Hancock County and at the Felton Homes WIC Office will pair with the local Head Start programs.

“Nutrition and access to healthy foods is important for everyone, no matter their age,” said Jeffery. “Partnering with other organizations creates the chance to serve additional people that may not have reliable access to these fresh fruits and vegetables. Helping people get the foods they need is an essential building block for improving the overall health of our community.

Each farmer’s market will offer free fruits and vegetables for WIC participants. Supplies are limited, so the market will operate on a first come, first served basis. WIC participants, or their designated alternates, must bring their WIC ID card to take advantage of these free markets. Attendees of the markets not enrolled in WIC may purchase fresh produce from vendors. NCHD encourages community members to come to one of the following:

July 2 & 3 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Macon-Bibb County Health Department
171 Emery Highway
Macon, GA 31217
July 9 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Twiggs County Health Department
26 Main Street
Jeffersonville, GA 31044
July 10 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Includes Senior Center
Farmer’s Market
Crawford County Health Department
141 McCrary Avenue
Roberta, GA 31078
July 16 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Washington County Health Department
201 Morningside Drive
Sandersville, GA 31082
July 17 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Includes Senior Center
Farmer’s Market
Wilkinson County Health Department
123 High Hill Street
Irwinton, GA 31042
July 18 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Jasper County Health Department
336 East Greene Street
Monticello, GA 31064
July 23 & 24 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Houston County Health Department
98 Cohen Walker Drive
Warner Robins, GA 31088
July 25 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Monroe County Health Department
106 Martin Luther King Boulevard
Forsyth, GA 31029
July 30 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Jones County Health Department
114 Forest Street
Gray, GA 31032
July 31 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Peach County Health Department
406 East Church Street
Fort Valley, GA 31030
August 1 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Baldwin County Health Department
953 Barrows Ferry Road
Milledgeville, GA 31061
August 6 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. DFCS WIC Office
456 Oglethorpe Street
Macon, GA 31201
August 7 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Putnam County Health Department
117 Putnam Drive, Suite C
Eatonton, GA 31024
August 8 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Includes Head Start
Farmer’s Market
Hancock County Health Department
516 Boland Street
Sparta, GA 31087
August 13 & 14 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Includes Head Start Farmer’s Market
Felton Homes WIC Office
150 Sessions Drive
Macon, GA 31210

WIC is a nutritional program that provides education, food supplements and referrals to health care providers to eligible women, infants and children. For more information about WIC, including eligibility guidelines, visit NCHD52.org/WIC.

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