Bringing healthy food options to low-income communities

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Whitehaven Farmers Market is celebrating ten years of bringing healthy food to the community.

People at the Farmers Market said they want to eat healthily and would much rather shop here than at the grocery store because the quality of food is better.

“We appreciate them giving us these vouchers, so we can come out and get fresh food,” said Sandra Braziel.

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A rainbow of fresh fruits and vegetables are spread across tables at the Whitehaven Farmers Market.

At 66-years-old, Braziel said eating healthy is a top priority.

“Senior citizens have to eat healthily,” Braziel said. “And a lot of times the vegetables and fruits at the grocery stores are not nearly as fresh as the ones out here.”

The farmers market is organized by Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare.

This is the tenth year the hospital is bringing healthy options to a low-income community, options that are not always easily accessible

“It’s really a great option in a neighborhood where maybe you don’t have as many options to go,” said Vickye Ford, Methodist South Community Director. “There are a few options, but not a farmers market.”

According to a recent study by Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare, 35 percent of adults and 39 percent of children in Shelby County are obese.

Obesity is associated with leading causes of death in the U.S., including heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer.

“It’s really one of our missions to help the community learn how to be healthy,” Ford said. “A part of that is eating right. If you eat right. You can prevent other bad things from happening to you.”

Experts add as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. It's important to live a healthy lifestyle.

“I can’t wait for them to open up, because their produce is so good,” Braziel said.

The farmers market will be open each Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Methodist South, a mask and social distancing is required