Pontiac, MI - Oakland County Health Division encourages residents to participate in the 11th annual Family Market Day at the Oakland County Farmers Market on Saturday, July 20, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Participants with a State of Michigan Bridge/EBT card or Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Project Fresh are eligible to receive a $5 coupon to purchase produce from local farmers on a first come, first serve basis. The Oakland County Farmers Market is located at 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph in Waterford.
“Family Market Day helps connect Oakland County residents with local, fresh produce,” said Kathy Forzley, director of Oakland County Health and Human Services. “The event encourages healthy eating and offers fun ways for the family to become physically active together.”
An additional $5 coupon will be provided if a Bridge/EBT card purchase is made on Family Market Day. WIC Project Fresh coupons will also be available on site for enrolled WIC clients. The Oakland County Farmers Market offers Double Up Food Bucks, which matches money spent at a farmers’ market using a Bridge card/EBT up to $20. The event includes activities for children, health screenings, free recipe samples, prizes, and yoga. Inflatable bouncers will also be on-site, so don’t forget socks for the kids!
This year’s Family Market Day is sponsored by Oakland County Health Division, SMART Bus and St. Joseph Mercy Oakland. SMART Bus will offer a free additional bus route during the event, with two pick-up locations to assist families getting to the market:
- Woodside Bible Church, 830 Auburn Ave., Pontiac, MI 48342 – pick-up at 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
- Pontiac Public Library, 60 E. Pike St., Pontiac, MI 48342 – pick-up at 10:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Healthy Oakland Partnership (HOP)
Healthy Oakland Partnership (HOP) was launched by Oakland County Health Division in 2009, under the leadership of L. Brooks Patterson, as a collaboration of local government, hospitals, health care providers, community-based organizations, business, and citizens dedicated to promoting healthy eating and physical activity and improving the health of Oakland County residents. HOP currently has two teams dedicated to specific initiatives:
- Farmers Market Team – Improve the health and well-being of Oakland County by collaborating to increase & promote healthy eating opportunities by partnering with and supporting Farmers Markets.
- Youth Team – Improve the health and well-being of Oakland County by collaborating to increase & promote healthy eating and physical activity opportunities in schools.