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Roosevelt Community Farmers Market receives $15G in competitive FreshConnect program

The Roosevelt Community Farmers Market is one of

The Roosevelt Community Farmers Market is one of 23 projects to benefit from a FreshConnect farmers market program that is getting state funds. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced $260,000 in funding for 23 projects, including a Roosevelt group, as part of the FreshConnect farmers market program, launched in 2011 to bring fresh produce from New York farms to underserved communities throughout the state.

The Roosevelt Community Revitalization Group Inc., which runs Roosevelt Community Farmers Market, will get $15,000 after being selected based on its proposal. The market has historically been operating on Sundays during the summer in the parking lot of the Roosevelt-Freeport Health Clinic at 380 Nassau Rd. The grand reopening will be on Sunday, July 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., or while supplies last.

The market was created in 2010 to provide fresh locally grown produce to a community with obesity, diabetes and high-cholesterol problems. Roosevelt students, community supervisors and veterans have been selling the fresh produce, organizers had said.

This year, the FreshConnect program will help increase locally grown food products throughout the state through projects such as youth markets, delivery of products to low-income housing facilities and new initiatives at traditional farmers markets, state officials said.

“Our FreshConnect Farmers Markets are getting better and better every year,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Not only are we helping New York farmers bring their products to market, but we are bringing fresh food from these farmers to traditionally underserved communities. This initiative is great for New York agriculture and a tremendous boost to the public health of our citizens.”

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