Amerigroup and Urban Harvest Help Houston Families Access More Fresh and Nutritious Food
Amerigroup Texas is partnering with Urban Harvest in support of the Double Up Houston program to help low-income families in Houston access locally produced, fresh and nutritious fruits, vegetables and proteins. Through this program, Amerigroup and Urban Harvest are doubling buying power for families who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or P-EBT benefits. For every dollar spent on eligible items using a Lone Star or EBT Card at Urban Harvest mobile markets as well as at select farmers markets and farm stands, Amerigroup and Urban Harvest will match that dollar for additional purchases, up to $30 a day.
“Amerigroup Texas recognizes that access to healthy food is a prevalent issue that is affecting the health of our state, so are taking action to improve both health and lives,” said Patrick Sturdivant, President, Amerigroup Texas Medicaid. “We are pleased to be working with Urban Harvest on championing efforts that make nutritious food more accesible and affordable as well as empowering families to build healthier, stronger futures.”
“Due to unprecedented times, there has been tremendous need for more resources and supports to help families keep up with their health and lives, and the joint effort between Urban Harvest and Amerigroup couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Janna Roberson, Executive Director, Urban Harvest. “We are grateful for Amerigroup’s generous support and look forward to seeing the positive impact we will have throughout our communities.”
The Double Up Houston match is available at markets and farm stands throughout Houston, including at the following:
In addition to increasing access to much needed resources for vulnerable Houston residents, the Double Up Houston program supports local farmers by increasing their customer base and keeping more dollars in the local economy. Furthermore, Amerigroup and Urban Harvest are offering information during markets to increase awareness about access to government programs, healthcare and other available resources and supports. To learn more, visit: https://www.urbanharvest.org/farmers-market/snap/.
- LBJ Hospital Community Farm (1st & 3rd Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) 5425 Troost Street, Houston
- Plaza Santa Clara (2nd Thursday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.) 5616 Lawndale Street, Houston.
- New Hope Housing & Star of the Hope Rittenhouse (2nd Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.) 577 W Rittenhouse Street, Houston.
- John S. Dunn Health Center / El Centro De Corazón (3rd Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) 7635 Canal Street, Houston.
Blodgett Urban Gardens Farm Stand (Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.) 3216 Blodgett Street, Houston
Finca Tres Robles Farm Stand (Wednesdays, 2 – 7 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) 257 N Greenwood, Houston.
Hope Farms Farm Stand (Saturdays 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) 10401 Scott Street, Houston
Plant it Forward Farms
To find a market location visit: www.plant-it-forward.org/our-produce/farmers-markets
Or call: (713) 432-0754
Urban Harvest Farmers Market (Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.) 2752 Buffalo Speedway, Houston.