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PCC Austin Farm Season Wrapping Up

farm-stand-fall-produce - CopyCHICAGO, Ill. –There is still time to shop for local produce at the PCC Austin Farm Stand. The PCC Austin Farm will continue to offer fresh vegetables, harvested locally until Tuesday, October 31. Visitors can choose among a variety of seasonal items, including spinach, cabbage, sweet potatoes, kale, mustard, and collard greens.

The farm stand will be open Tuesday, October 24 and Tuesday, October 31 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., as well as this Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located at 330 N. Lotus Avenue in Chicago, the stand accepts various payment methods, including cash, credit/debit, LINK, Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program vouchers and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) farmers' market coupons. Double value incentives are available for LINK and WIC purchases.

"It's been an awesome season and we've hosted the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Austin Food Co–op, doing info sessions for our customers and visitors. The season isn't over yet and we still hope to see many new customers," said Lucy Flores, Community Outreach and Health Education Manager at PCC.

To help Austin residents increase their fruit and vegetable intake, the farm stand offers healthy recipes that use ingredients from the farm. In addition, free children's books are available for customers and visitors. The farm is situated across from PCC Austin Family Health Center, which provides primary care and integrated behavioral health and oral health care, among other services.

For more information about the PCC Austin Farm, or opportunities to volunteer, contact Lucy Flores at 773-413-1240 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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CHICAGO, Ill. – Oct. 30, 2014 – Yesterday PCC Community Wellness Center (PCC) held a groundbreaking ceremony for its latest project to improve health outcomes—the PCC Austin Community Farm.

Partner organizations and elected officials break ground at the PCC Austin Community Farm .

Located in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood in an 8,000-square-foot lot across the street from PCC Austin Family Health Center, the farm was made possible by a $350,000 grant from the Humana Foundation. PCC is partnering with the Chicago Botanic Garden, which will provide participants from its urban agricultural program, Windy City Harvest, to install and maintain the farm.

At the groundbreaking ceremony, representatives from Chicago Botanic Garden, Humana and PCC shared with more than 75 attendees the importance of urban agriculture and establishing a community farm which will promote physical activity and healthy eating.

“PCC is building this farm so that our patients will have the opportunity to make the types of healthy choices we recommend in the exam room," said Robert J. Urso, PCC president and CEO. “Through this endeavor, we have an opportunity to transform not just patients, but a whole neighborhood through ongoing exposure to urban agriculture and the provision of essential resources.”

Bechara Choucair, M.D., commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, who spoke at the event, stressed that such healthy choices are important in the reduction of overweight and obesity, particularly among children.

William Snyder, market vice president for Illinois, presented on behalf of Humana, which chose PCC as the Humana Communities Benefit grant recipient because of the program’s uniqueness, sustainability and potential to create long term benefits for health outcomes.

Also participating in the event were: United States Congressman Danny K. Davis; Chicago Botanic Garden President and CEO Sophia Shaw; Alderman Jason C. Ervin, 28th Ward; and Alderman Emma Mitts, 37th Ward.

Chicago’s Austin neighborhood, which lacks adequate access to affordable and healthy food, has been designated by the U. S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration as a medically underserved area. Nearly 53 percent of its 98,500 residents live at or below the federal poverty level. The PCC Austin Community Farm responds to these issues by providing residents with fresh, affordable produce and allowing eight families each year to plant food in their own personal plots.

The PCC Austin Community Farm also will include an education component focusing on nutrition, physical activity, and gardening techniques. PCC and Windy City Harvest will lead these monthly training sessions to promote health and well-being.

In addition, PCC will identify two individuals to enroll in the Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship program. The apprenticeships will prepare the students to compete for the farm’s seasonal coordinator position.

PCC encourages anyone interested in learning more about the farm or related volunteer opportunities to contact Lucy Flores, community outreach health education manager, at 708-524-7685 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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