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As part of its community benefits program, Quincy Medical Center partners with Manet Community Health Center to offer the Steward Farmers Market Voucher Program for patients with type I, type II or gestational diabetes who are enrolled in Manet’s Clinical Care Management. The program enables selected patients and their families to receive free vouchers, or "Steward Bucks", to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers markets each week from June through October, encouraging them to improve their diets and, hopefully, improve their overall health.
Diabetes affects an estimated 25.8 million children and adults in the United States – 8.3 percent of the population — and it contributes to more than 230,000 deaths each year with a cost of $176 billion in direct medical costs and another $69 million in lost productivity. Steward Health Care System has partnered with Mass Farmers Markets and local farmers to create the Farmers Market Voucher Program to help patients with diabetes better manage their disease. The program helps patients supplement their purchases of fruits and vegetables making it easier for them to incorporate these ingredients into every meal throughout the week. In conjunction with education around diabetes management and nutrition, participants will be encouraged to purchase and prepare healthier meals for themselves and their families.
Vegetable Vouchers for the Steward Farmers Market Voucher Program may be used at any farmers market associated with the Federation of Mass Farmers Markets (FMFM). The FMFM is affiliated with over 100 farmers markets across the state. Here is a list of affiliated farmers markets in the Quincy Medical Center/Manet Community Health Center area:
Braintree Farmers Market
Cohasset Farmers Market
Dorchester/Fields Corner Farmers
Hingham Farmers Market
Milton Farmers Market
Quincy Farmers Market
Scituate Farmers Market
Weymouth Farmers Market
Other markets are also available throughout the year in regions north and south of Greater Boston. To find additional markets in your area, please call the FMFM at 781-893-8222 or visit the FMFM website.