Danbury farmers market earns grant to help public access healthy food

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DANBURY — A $13,250 grant will again provide community members in need with access to fresh produce at the annual farmer’s market. Fairfield County’s Community Foundation gifted the funds for CityCenter Danbury’s farmers market, which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday beginning June 25 until Oct. […]

DANBURY — A $13,250 grant will again provide community members in need with access to fresh produce at the annual farmer’s market.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation gifted the funds for CityCenter Danbury’s farmers market, which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday beginning June 25 until Oct. 29 at the Danbury Railway Museum.

The foundation gave the farmer’s market a $38,000 grant last year and has given the Danbury Farmer’s Market Community Collaborative about $300,000 over the past 12 years.

“This significant level of funding is hugely appreciated by the Collaborative and the Danbury community,” Peggy Zamore, nutritionist and director of the market programs, said in a statement. “The goal is to provide not just subsistence food for calories, but nutritious high quality fresh food for health. Without Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s continued support, our health-promoting incentive programs would simply not be possible.”

With the money, the collaborative will be able to ramp up its efforts to address the “inequities” in food insecurity that the coronavirus pandemic worsened, she said.

“Funding will provide financial access to the fresh, high quality food with the right to choose the foods folks want to eat, in a COVID-safe environment,” Zamore said.


The money will also go toward a pilot program to deliver produce to about 150 families in Danbury schools’ Extended Learning Program who cannot go to the farmer’s market.

The collaborative will continue to grow various programs, such as a YouTube channel dedicated to food education. The group will expand pickup and delivery services to people who are homebound or worried about getting COVID-19.

Luis Guzman, director of the Immigrant Success Fund at the foundation, said the organization is “proud” to support the farmers market.

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