West Side Market

Produce Perks returning to West Side Market to provide free produce for eligible families this spring

Friday, Apr 19, 2024

Friday, April 19, 2024 — Cleveland — Food Access Raises Everyone (FARE) is bringing Produce Perks back to West Side Market this weekend, April 20 and April 21, in partnership with the City of Cleveland and Produce Perks Midwest. The program will increase access to fresh food for Cleveland residents and support vendors at the West Side Market.

Due to the success of the Produce Perks Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Coupon program at the West Side Market, which launched in April 2022, the State of Ohio has doubled the funding available for the program for the next two years. The funding will help over 1,000 families access healthy, affordable food at West Side Market.

For the past two years, West Side Market had the highest redemption rate in the state for Produce Perks coupons.

Produce Perks provide TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) eligible families $140 in free fruit and vegetable coupons to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables at the West Side Market before June 30, 2024. Eligible families can receive the booklets twice a year.

FARE will be on-site at the West Side Market Saturday, April 20 starting at 8 a.m. and Sunday, April 21 starting at 10 a.m. to assess eligibility and distribute coupon booklets while supplies last. The first 120 eligible families will receive coupon booklets each day. Coupons will be redeemable until June, 30, 2024 only at West Side Market.  

Chef Peggi Cruz from Cha'Firo and Chef Carol White Shyne Bright will provide healthy cooking demonstrations, samples and music while families wait to check their eligibility.

All fresh produce vendors at the West Side Market are participating in the program.

The Produce Perks Pilot is supported through a state allocation of TANF funding, a federal program administered through the State of Ohio's Department of Job and Family Services. TANF has established eligibility requirements that include that eligible households have a minors or pregnant woman in the house and meet income requirements based on federal poverty guidelines.  

For more information about the Produce Perks event at the West Side Market, please call 216.400.9609 or visit Fruit & Vegetable Coupon Program - Produce Perks Midwest.

FARE | Food Access Raises Everyone is a comprehensive community initiative that supports emergent resident leaders and grassroots organizations working on food access and other determinants of health, building capacity and coordination to improve health in Cleveland’s neighborhoods.

Produce Perks Midwest is an Ohio nonprofit that pioneers solutions to address inequities within our food system. Our work increases affordable access to healthy food, supports local farmers and strengthens local economies – in our most under-served communities.