As part of their shared mission to ensure that all members of our community have access to fresh, healthy, and local food, Ottawa Food and the Holland Farmers Market have partnered together to bring a Food Navigator to the Market. Ottawa Food recently hired Chara Bouma-Prediger to fill the position. Bouma-Prediger has long held a passion for helping community members in need and will be available at the Market every Saturday. When not working at the Market, she serves a Food and Resource Connection team member at Community Action House.
In her role as the Food Navigator, Bouma-Prediger will help customers that utilize food assistance programs at the Holland Farmers Market, including the Bridge/EBT Card, Double Up Food Bucks, Senior FRESH and WIC Project Fresh programs. Every Saturday that she is here, Bouma-Prediger will walk new customers though how the programs work, help customers find vendors that accept the programs and even share tips and tricks for utilizing produce that is currently in season. Bouma-Prediger is also fluent in Spanish to help Spanish-speaking customers navigate the Market.
“Ottawa Food hiring a Food Navigator for the Holland Farmers Market is just one of so many examples of how our community partners come together to help us reach our shared goals,” said Holland Farmers Market Marketing Coordinator Kara de Alvare. “The Market is so fortunate to be a part of a community that cares so much about those in need.”
Ottawa Food is a collaboration of over 45 agencies and individuals working to ensure that community members have access to healthy, local and affordable food. Their members come from a variety of sectors, including public health, food pantries, human service organizations, farmers, local businesses, community members and more. For more information on Ottawa Food’s services, visit www.ottawafood.org or find them on Facebook.
The Holland Farmers Market is open every Wednesday and Saturday at the Eighth Street Market Place in Downtown Holland at 150 West 8th Street. The Market is open from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, with the first hour of shopping currently reserved for seniors ages 60+, pregnant women and the immunocompromised. Masks are required of all customers ages 5 and up. The Market offers ample free parking, indoor restroom facilities and an ATM onsite. Bridge Cards (SNAP or EBT), Pandemic EBT (P-EBT), Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB), WIC Project Fresh, Senior Project Fresh and Market Bucks accepted at the Market. All vendors accept cash and a number of vendors also accept credit card.
For more information on the Holland Farmers Market and our COVID-19 safety guidelines, please visit us online at www.hollandfarmersmarket.com, follow us on Facebook and Instagram or call 616.355.1138 or more information.