Getting fresh produce can be a hassle for many senior citizens, especially for those who don’t have any means of transportation; that’s why a new initiative has set out to help them with those needs.
Healthy Food Connect, a regional initiative of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has provided a $75,000 grant for seniors in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. With this grant, seniors are able to get a free ride on Tuesdays to Detroit’s Eastern Market, a destination located in the heart of the city and that’s been around since the late 1800’s. Along with the transportation, each senior receives a $10 voucher to buy fresh produce. During this time of the week, seniors won’t have to worry about the busy crowds that can make shopping a bit tougher.
“The Tuesday market offers everything that the Saturday market does, but smaller,” said Lonnie Thomas, Eastern Market manager to The Oakland Press. “It’s all under one shed, it’s calmer and it’s not as crazy as the weekend market. They don’t have to worry about traffic and parking, walking or crowds.”
Seniors are also able to attend free tours, fitness classes and low impact Zumba during their visit to the market.
“This is not just about giving people access to fresh produce, which is important. It’s about promoting a healthy lifestyle,” Thomas said to The Oakland Press. “We are connecting seniors with natural and organic foods, and introducing them to local farmers. We want them to know how easy it is to come down and enjoy the Tuesday market.”
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