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New NYC Program Gives Seniors Access To Fresh Fruits And Vegetables

FILE - Tomatoes are seen for sale in a grocery store in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

FILE – Tomatoes are seen for sale in a grocery store in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Some New York City seniors are getting to splurge on locally grown fruits and vegetables normally too expensive for their budgets.

WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reports 

Meeting with city officials and health advocates, seniors said having access to fresh produce is important to them.

“What we heard from older adults is that fresh, healthy, local food is incredibly important to them but it’s also often out of their price range or at times inaccessible if people have mobility impairments,” said Dorian Block from the New York Academy of Medicine.

That’s why City Councilwoman Gale Brewer has organized several new, age friendly programs to help seniors eat healthier and live longer, including a bi-monthly food box program.

“Green markets are going to work with the senior centers to provide fresh fruits and vegetables,” said Brewer. “That’s never been done before.”

Brewer said seniors will also be able to buy locally grown produce at a discount and have customised delivery to senior centers, food banks and Meals on Wheels.

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