Green Carts (Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Office of the Food Policy Coordinator)
The City is committed to expanding the number of green carts providing fresh, high-quality produce in targeted areas throughout New York City. Green Carts, now in its fourth year, aims to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables in an effort to help prevent diseases including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, and other illnesses. New York City made available 1,000 green cart permits: 350 permits for Brooklyn, 350 for the Bronx, 150 for Manhattan, 100 for Queens, and 50 for Staten Island. As of 2012, many Green Carts now have Electronic Benefit Transfer machines that can process food stamps, now known as SNAP benefits. The Mayor's Fund directed private support to marketing and promotion of the green carts in the communities in which they operate, as well as to providing low-interest loans and food distribution assistance to vendors.
For more information on NYC Green Carts, visit the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website.