Fresh Access: Farm-fresh, healthy food for all

Our Fresh Access program enables shoppers to use their food stamps – as well as credit and debit cards – to buy fresh, nutritious, and locally-grown food. And Food Bucks give Fresh Access food stamp shoppers an extra $2.00 to spend on fruits and veggies for every $5.00 they spend in food stamps.

Fresh Access services are available in Allegheny County at 15 farmers markets during the 2022 farmers market season running May to November, and at one market from December through March 2023.

You can use your Food Stamps to purchase farm-fresh goods at area farmers markets

At Just Harvest’s red market tent or at the market manager’s tent (just look for Fresh Access signs!), shoppers can swipe their electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards or their credit or debit cards and receive tokens they can use just like cash to purchase a variety of fresh produce, baked goods, meat, and dairy products. Tokens are accepted by dozens of vendors and the list is always growing.

Farmers markets have long been a popular source of healthy food. Typically open half the year from May to Thanksgiving, local farmers markets attract thousands of shoppers to locations around the city.

Just Harvest, along with Pittsburgh Citiparks and participating local farmers, launched Fresh Access in May 2013 at the East Liberty and North Side farmers markets. The program is now in its tenth year and operates at a total of 15 locations in Allegheny County.

Fresh Access helps address hunger by expanding access to fresh, healthy food. The program also helps support our region’s small farms and the Pittsburgh area communities that host farmers markets.

We hope to see you at one of the Fresh Access markets soon!

Get Involved!

Like the outdoors and fresh, local food? Volunteer with Fresh Access!

Volunteer

More Info on Local Farmers Markets

page iconThe locations and schedule for Fresh Access farmers markets

page iconday-by-day guide to all 2021 Pittsburgh-area farmers markets

page icon Info on the City of Pittsburgh’s 4 farmers markets

Seniors can contact the Area Agency on Aging at (412) 350-5460 or your local Senior Center about receiving FMNP vouchers.

Eligible WIC recipients receive FMNP vouchers with their WIC checks in the spring.

orange arrowQuestions? Contact Fresh Access Coordinator Averyl Hall at averylh@justharvest.org or 412-643-4093

Our Sponsors

Major support for Fresh Access in 2022 is generously provided by:

The Allegheny County Health Department through a cooperative agreement with the US Centers for Disease Control
The Safe and Healthy Communities Program of the Allegheny County Health Department and the Pennsylvania Department of Health
Fresh Access Food Bucks are made possible in cooperation with The Food Trust through a grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award numbers 2019-70030-30412 and 2020-70030-33186.

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