Mt. Healthy groups nurture community

Mt. Healthy is home to many organizations that are making an impact on the city and surrounding communities with innovative programs and projects. Below are just a few examples that have connections to the Mt. Healthy WeTHRIVE! team.

Fibonacci Mt. Healthy Farmers Market

The Fibonacci Mt. Healthy Farmers Market begins its third season on May 2nd and runs through November. The market is held on the first Sunday of the month from 11am until 2pm. SNAP/EBT is accepted and the market participates in Produce Perks.

The Produce Perks program provides a $25 match on SNAP/EBT purchases. This means that any amount spent with SNAP/EBT, up to $25, will be matched $1-for-$1. Produce Perks matching dollars can be spent on fruits and vegetables.

The farmers market is held at the Fibonacci Farm and Brewing Company. Co-founder Betty Bollas is a member of the Mt. Healthy WeTHRIVE! team. She was recently honored as a 2020 WeTHRIVE! Community Champion (see the story here).

Fibonacci Free Little Library

two green containers with doors that hold books

On February 1, Fibonacci launched two little free libraries, one for adults and one for children. These are part of the Little Free Library bookshare movement, a nonprofit that builds community, inspires readers, and expands book access for all through a global network of volunteer-led little libraries. The new little libraries have been well-received by the community.

Fibonacci is participating in the Little Free Library Read in Color program, which means it is committed to providing books that reflect diversity. In February, the libraries featured books with stories about Black history, poems, biographies, and more. In March, the focus is on women’s stories for Women’s History Month.

(Photo courtesy of Betty Bollas.)

Tikkun Farm

Tikkun Farm is an urban farm in Mt. Healthy. Co-owner Mary Laymon is a member of the Mt. Healthy WeTHRIVE! team and is also a past WeTHRIVE! community champion award winner.

box filled with milk, cheese, fruits and vegetables

Much of Tikkun Farm’s efforts during the pandemic have focused on food security:

  • 320 Crockpot Meal Bag kits delivered to families every week.
  • 250 families/week pick up food at the farm’s Free Market, which is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
  • 200 volunteers/week support Nourishing Families and Creation Care.

About 20 agencies share surplus food with the farm, including Last Mile Food Rescue, Matthew 25 Ministries, La Soupe (a WeTHRIVE! partner), Panera, Emanuel Temple Apostolic Church Love Food Pantry, Bilbo Bread, Farmer to Family Food Boxes, UDF, and Castellini’s.

(Photo from Tikkun Farm’s Facebook page.)

Tikkun Farm Creation Care volunteer opportunities: Garden projects and monthly family-friendly volunteer Saturdays. (April 3 is the next volunteer Saturday.)

Tikkun Farm Nourishing Families volunteer opportunities: Prepare and deliver crockpot meal kits; receive food deliveries; assist with the Free Market.

Faith-based programs

Mt. Healthy’s faith community provides many programs and services that align with WeTHRIVE!’s pathways. Trinity Lutheran Church operates Feed Your Neighbor meals-to-go on Thursdays and a community garden. The church recently partnered with Hamilton County Public Health to serve as a free COVID-19 testing site.

Mt. Healthy Alliance runs a food pantry and other social service programs. The Alliance is a collaboration between the faith communities of 45231 to provide services and outreach to those in need.

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