Summer Food Stand Kicks off in East Austin


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One Hispanic community in East Austin has been making healthy changes not only at home, but in their neighborhood as well. Manantial de Salud — the Dove Springs Health Network — is dedicated to promoting well-being in the Dove Springs community of Austin, through healthy lifestyles and positive environments. They have community-wide campaigns targeted at eliminating sugary drinks and getting more active.

This summer, Manatial de Salud and its partners at GO! Austin / VAMOS! Austin (GAVA) in Dove Springs, the Sustainable Food Center, Urban Roots, and Austin Parks and Recreation Department are coming together to host a neighborhood food stand. The Neighborhood Farm Stand will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m. every Wednesday beginning June 5 through July 17 at the Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Dr, 78744. The Neighborhood Farm Stand will feature fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables from the Urban Roots farm and other local farmers.

Not only does this bring healthier food into the neighborhood, but it’s extremely affordable. Families paying for their food with SNAP or WIC benefits can take advantage of the Double Dollar Incentive Program (Double DIP) and double the value of their purchase—meaning $1 can buy 2$ worth of healthy produce.

Families eligible for WIC benefits can also pick up a $20 packet of Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers at the farm stand and receive an extra $20 in Double DIP. SFC and Urban Roots staff will be on site to help customers with SNAP, FMNP, and Double DIP.

This is a wonderful chance for the community to come out, get together, and make healthy changes.

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for every Latino neighborhood, compared to 3 for every non-Latino neighborhood

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