Food Access Initiatives

Read GrowNYC Food Access Initiatives 2019 successes and statistics here.

GrowNYC Food Access Initiatives get fruits and vegetables where they are most needed: everywhere. Income shouldn't be an impediment to good health. GrowNYC believes that healthy food access is a basic human right.

We make regionally-produced food accessible to all New Yorkers through the promotion and acceptance of nutrition benefits, incentive coupons and credit cards.

We rely on partnerships with the City and community-based organizations to enhance food access in New York City. This effort improves access to good food and provides critical revenue for our farming community. 

Since 2005, GrowNYC has served as a national model for accepting SNAP/EBT and other nutrition assistance programs at farmers markets. With continued support from the Farmers Market Federation of NY, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the New York City Council, all Greenmarket, Farmstand and Fresh Food Box locations now accept SNAP/EBT, greatly expanding food access in all five boroughs of New York City. The full list of nutrition assistance programs and incentive coupons accepted at GrowNYC’s food program sites are listed below:

  • Health Bucks – now accepted year-round!
  • Greenmarket Bucks
  • Fresh Connect Coupons
  • Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program  (FMNP Checks)

New Yorkers spent over $4 million in benefit dollars at GrowNYC Greenmarkets, Farmstands and Fresh Food Box Sites in 2019. 

Learn more about all the nutrition assistance programs accepted at GrowNYC. 

NYC DOE K-12 public and charter schools can apply for the GrowNYC Mini Grant! Eligible schools can apply for $500-$2000 in credit to a garden supply store to build or expand school gardens and outdoor learning spaces.

  • Food Access & Agriculture

    Our network of Greenmarket farmers markets, Farmstands, and Fresh Food Box pick-ups, coupled with GrowNYC Wholesale, ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Conservation

    We provide food scrap drop-offs, clothing collections, Stop 'N' Swap® community reuse events, and zero waste trainings to make resource conservation easy for all.

  • Green Space

    We build and rejuvenate community & school gardens in all 5 boroughs, and support even more gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, school garden grants, & more.

  • Education

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 66,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.