MARTA is celebrating the second year of its Fresh MARTA Market with the opening of a market at the Five Points MARTA Station.
“With the expansion of the Fresh MARTA Market concept, we can offer our customers an opportunity to shop for fresh produce without having to make an additional stop,” said MARTA GM/CEO Keith T. Parker. “Our partners at the USDA and the Atlanta Community Food Bank have helped us provide another great amenity to our customers.”
The weekly pop-up markets will provide low-income customers access to fresh, healthy foods in transit accessible locations. In addition, customers will be able to double the amount of produce they can purchase per dollar with the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
“I applaud MARTA’s innovation in partnering with local and community farmers to increase access to Georgia grown foods in Atlanta,” said USDA Food and Nutrition Service Southeast Regional Administrator Robin Bailey, Jr. “Increasing the number of SNAP authorized markets, like MARTA’s Fresh Market, helps make shopping at farmers’ markets an option for all Americans.”
The pop-up markets will be managed in partnership with Food Oasis, Community Farmers Market and the Southwest Atlanta Growers Cooperative.
The Fresh MARTA Markets also will be at the College Park, H. E. Holmes and West End stations. For more information: www.itsmarta.com.