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:

  • SNAP/EBT
  • 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. 

In a moment where New Yorkers have turned to parks and gardening to ease the mental and emotional strain the Covid-19 pandemic has taken on residents, when the need for education surrounding nutrition and health couldn’t be more critical, the same nonprofits that make green space and nutrition education possible are in danger of going under, while vital city agencies like the New York City Parks Department’s GreenThumb program are facing severe budget cuts.

  • Food Access & Agriculture

    Our network of Greenmarket farmers markets, Youthmarkets, Fresh Food Box pick-ups, and Greenmarket Co. 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.