Dorchester Youth-Led Group Helps Make Winter Farmers Market Affordable

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DORCHESTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — One teen led organization worked to make the Dorchester Winter Farmers Market more affordable for all after the Mayor's office stopped funding a coupon program to keep the price down.

The Dorchester Winter Farmers Market opened for the season on Saturday, giving the community access affordable fresh produce.

BOLD Teens, one of the event organizers, is a youth led group that focuses on social health and environmental justice. They have been distributing the market's coupons to families in need of financial support with the help of City Kids.

"This year the city of Boston didn't have the resources to fund the coupon program but City Kids stepped in and provided funds so that we could actually have a coupon program for the winter market this year," Cynthia Johnson, president of Codman Square neighborhood council, told WBZ's Suzanne Sausville.

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The coupon program helps to make fresh food more affordable to families who otherwise might not be able to afford it.

"In our part of Dorchester we are overexposed to unhealthy food options, a lot of fast food options, a lot of corner stores with unhealthy food options and so the Dorchester Winter Farmers Market provides a resource where healthier options are available, accessible, and made affordable for us," Johnson said.

The Dorchester Winter Farmers Market is open on Saturdays until March 18th.

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