WHAT: Luzerne County Head Start Hosts Summer Farmers Markets
WHEN: Wednesdays in July of 2021 from 12:15PM – 1:15PM
WHERE: 23 Beekman St., Wilkes-Barre (parking lot area)
WHY: Expand access to fresh local produce for Head Start & Early Head Start families
Luzerne County Head Start, Inc. (LCHS) will hold a series of outdoor summer farmers markets every Wednesday in July. The markets have been made possible by a “Farm to Early Childhood Education” grant secured from the Pennsylvania Head Start Association. The first event will be held on July 7, 2021 from 12:15pm – 1:15pm in the parking lot of LCHS’s central office location, 23 Beekman St., Wilkes-Barre.
Fresh fruits and vegetables from Rowland’s Pennsylvania Produce will be provided free of charge to families. The produce is available on a first-come-first-serve basis to any family at LCHS’s Wilkes-Barre/Beekman St. Center receiving summer services as part of the Head Start or Early Head Start program. The markets will be held at the same time and location on July 14, 21 and 28, weather permitting. Several community agencies will also be in attendance to provide information about services available to families.
Farm to ECE is a group of activities and strategies that offers increased access to healthy, local foods, gardening opportunities and food-based learning activities. The funding is meant to increase early learning programs’ ability to implement farm to ECE strategies that help meet the needs of children and families during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.