Location: Dutchess County, New York, population 295,754
The Problem: Adults are consuming less than five servings of fruits and vegetables each day and do not have access to healthy food options.
Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Approach: The Dutchess County & City of Poughkeepsie Microgreens Project will address the problem of access to food in the City of Poughkeepsie. This microgreens project will supplement the nutritional needs of children and seniors and will provide employment to ex-offenders leaving the Dutchess County jail. Dutchess County and its partners will include nutrient dense microgreens in the diets of children and seniors and will track the positive health outcomes and renewed energy. Additionally, the growth of the program will provide employment options for both ex-offenders reentering the community and for residents currently receiving public assistance.