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.
On this page:
- Washtenaw County Food Resources
- Washtenaw County Public Health's Programs and Partnerships for Healthy Eating
- Other food and healthy eating resources
Farmers Markets in Washtenaw County
Visit WashtenawMarkets.org 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.
Healthy Food Distribution at Washtenaw County Public Health
Washtenaw County Public Health and Food Gatherers are pleased to offer food distribution to individuals and families with lower incomes. Nutrition education is also available to help individuals and families choose, prepare and eat healthy foods.
**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 Washtenaw County Public Health, please call 734-544-6700. For other food distribution locations and food pantries see Food Gatherers web page.
Our Prescription for Health Program connects patients with lower incomes to their local farmers market through their medical clinic. Washtenaw County Public Health 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (734) 544-2969.
The 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 Public Health 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 Amanda Ng at email@example.com or (734) 544-2973.
The Building Healthy Communities program creates policy, system, and environment 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 Public Health works with partners and residents to implement local projects where they are most needed and can be most effective.
Farm to School programs connect schools (K-12) and local farms with the objective of serving fresh locally grown produce as part of the school meals program through the school cafeterias. Improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education, and supporting local and regional farmers are all part of a successful farm to school program. For more information see the Ann Arbor Farm to School Collaborative.