OLHSA produce market gains media coverage Posted: June 11, 2013 Updated: June 17, 2013

OLHSA's Produce Market is an initiative of the Healthy Pontiac, We Can! Coalition. The mission of the coalition is to improve health and wellness opportunities to Pontiac citizens.

The market is held at OLHSA every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Pontiac Community. The goal is to increase awareness and access to nutritious food and make fruits and vegetables more accessible to the community. 

On Tuesday, June 11, 2013, The Oakland Press visited OLHSA to report on the produce market and the many initiatives it is taking to improve health for Pontiac citizens. A photographer was present to capture quality moments of families buying fruits and vegetables.

Associate Director for Child and Family Services, Robert Clark is active in the market and thinks it is important for the produce market to be available in the community.

"The produce market facilitates the opportunity for healthier food. Prices are more affordable than your local grocery store," Clark said.

The Head Start Program is housed inside OLHSA's building which makes it easier for the market to reach its target population. Over 300 families come year-round to the produce market to purchase healthy foods delivered by the Eastern Market. 

Jennifer Kirby, health education supervisor for Oakland County Health Division was interviewed by Dustin Blitchok from The Oakland Press. She informed Blitchok of how the produce market began and key staff who are involved.