Happy farmers, happy seniors and happy nursing mothers, that is the result of 2008 Project FRESH.
St. Clair County MSU Extension Nutrition Instructors Joanne Cole and Carol Bublitz, distributed 760 coupon books worth $20 each to local pregnant and breastfeeding mothers (300) and senior citizens (460) bringing $15,200 into the community.
Project FRESH is supported by sponsors to match federal dollars and these local businesses and organizations stepped up to fill that need and we thank them for their support: Acheson Ventures, Cargill CARES Committee, Cargill Corporation, Council on Aging, Evangelical Home, March of Dimes, Mercy Hospital, Physician's Healthcare Network, Port Huron Hospital, United Way and the St. Clair Chamber of Commerce.
A big thank you also goes to Liz Matthews, market master for the Farmer's Market at Vantage Point and Candy Paeth, market master for the St. Clair Farmer's Market.
We appreciate the local farmers who participated in this program. Anyone visiting the market will note the high quality of local produce that is provided by the farmers.
Thank you for the media coverage which was a contributing factor to the success of this program.
We have exhausted our allotment of coupon books for this year. Hopefully in 2009 we will be able to bring this program back to our community.
Joanne Cole, Nutritin Instructor, St. Clair County MSU Extension
September 10, 2008