The Danbury Farmers Market receives grants to enhance public entry to wholesome meals
DANBURY – With a grant of US $ 13,250, community members in need are once again given access to fresh produce at the annual farmers’ market.
The Fairfield County Community Foundation donated funds for the CityCenter Danbury Farmers Market, held every Friday from 10 am to 2 pm at the Danbury Railway Museum from June 25 to October 29.
The foundation made a $ 38,000 grant to the farmers market last year and has given the Danbury Farmer’s Market Community Collaborative approximately $ 300,000 over the past 12 years.
“This significant level of funding is greatly appreciated by the Collaborative and the Danbury community,” Peggy Zamore, nutritionist and director of marketing programs, said in a statement. “The aim is not only to provide calories for a living, but also to provide nutritious, high-quality fresh food for health. Without the continued support of the Fairfield County Community Foundation, our health incentive programs would simply not be possible. “
The money will allow the cooperative to step up efforts to address the “inequalities” in food insecurity that have exacerbated the coronavirus pandemic, she said.
“The funding gives you financial access to fresh, quality food with the right to choose the foods people want to eat in a COVID-safe environment,” said Zamore.
The money will also go towards a pilot program to deliver products to around 150 families as part of the Danbury Schools’ extended learning program who cannot go to the farmers market.
The cooperation will continue to expand various programs, such as a YouTube channel dedicated to nutrition education. The group will expand its pick-up and delivery service to people who live in their home country or are concerned about COVID-19.
Luis Guzman, director of the Foundation’s Immigrant Success Fund, said the organization is “proud” to support the farmers’ market.
“They work tirelessly to improve our community and we hope our contribution will inspire others to give in every possible way,” Guzman said in a statement.