Farm Fresh Produce for Seniors
In August 2021, Trenton Health Team (THT) partnered with Snipes Farm and Education Center to provide farm fresh produce to Trenton Housing Authority (THA) residents living in three senior and disabled housing developments: French Towers, Josephson Apartments, and Abbott Apartments. All three housing developments are located within Trenton’s West Ward, an area that is categorized by the USDA as a food desert where fresh, affordable produce is limited — and the pandemic has only made this worse, particularly for lower-income and senior residents.
“We don’t like to do one-time distributions, because they’re not consistent and residents can’t rely on them,” says Jonathan Snipes, Director of Snipes Farm. Consequently, THT and Snipes Farm designed the effort to extend over multiple weeks, following a successful model from 2020 and prior years. Snipes Farm provided 150 fresh produce boxes on a weekly basis for six weeks, from August through October. The boxes included a rotating selection of lettuce, spinach, radishes, kale, bok choi, miscellaneous greens, cabbage, potatoes, turnips, beets, carrots, brussels sprouts, and squash. These have been welcomed by the THA senior and disabled residents, who have come back weekly to pick up their produce.
THT and Snipes Farm are continuing to work together on a produce distribution program for Trenton residents with diabetes, and continue to explore opportunities to make fresh food from area farms, including Snipes Farm, available more consistently for residents of Trenton.
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