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Food Resources and Healthy Eating

Healthy eating protects against heart disease, cancer and obesity. But many Washtenaw County residents struggle to eat nutritious foods. Our programs and partnerships focus on connecting people to community food resources, promoting the benefits of healthy eating and helping people build the skills and motivation to eat healthier.

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Food Resources

Healthy Food Distribution at Washtenaw County Health Department

The Washtenaw County Health Department and Food Gatherers are pleased to offer food distribution to individuals and families with lower incomes. 

**MONTHLY on the 3rd Wednesday of the month!

Time is 2:00 - 3:30 pm - or while supplies last

Location is 555 Towner Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48198 in the atrium

  • Foods include fresh produce and baked goods like bread, tortillas or flat bread. 
  • Food choices may be different each month.
  • No proof of income required. Individuals or families are asked to sign in at the event.

If you have other questions about the food distribution at the Washtenaw County Health Department, please call 734-544-6700. For other food distribution locations and food pantries see Food Gatherers' web page.

Farmers Markets in Washtenaw County

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Visit to find out which farmers markets accept SNAP/Bridge cards (food stamps), Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project FRESH, Senior Project FRESH and Prescription for Health. A printable brochure with this information is also available here.

Programs & Partnerships for Healthy Eating

Prescription for Health

Prescription for Health ParticipantOur Prescription for Health Program connects patients with lower incomes to their local farmers market through their medical clinic. Washtenaw County Health Department and clinic partners provide nutrition education and support in the clinic setting and at the farmers markets; patients redeem their prescriptions for fresh produce at the markets. For more information contact Ariane Reister at or (734) 544-2969.

Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH

Senior Project Fresh CouponsThe Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH program provides low-income seniors (60 and older) with coupons to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables at their local farmers markets. Washtenaw County Health Department receives a limited number of coupon booklets from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Aging and Adult Services Agency each summer. For more information, contact Tedi Milgrom at or (734) 544-3078.

Building Healthy Communities

Tomatoes at farmers marketThe Building Healthy Communities program creates policy, system, and environmental changes that support physical activity and healthy eating. The program is funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and aims to reduce cardiovascular disease, obesity, and other chronic conditions. 
Washtenaw County Health Department works with partners and residents to implement local projects where they are most needed and can be most effective. 


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