Starting Tuesday, May 2, MARTA commuters will be able to pick up produce at select stations.
The first Fresh MARTA Market will be held at the West End Station starting at 2:30 p.m.
“The markets provide a convenient shopping alternative for fresh, affordable and locally grown produce,” a press release from the Transit Authority says.
MARTA first unveiled the markets in 2015.
“This year, the Atlanta Community Food bank will conduct screenings for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Childcare and Parent Services programs (CAPS), which offers childcare subsidies to some of Georgia’s neediest families,” the press release says. “Applications will be available at the West End, H.E. Holmes and Five Points stations.”
The press release cites a 2014 study that found 300,000 people in MARTA’s service area don’t have reliable access to groceries.
The markets are a partnership between MARTA, Community Farmers Market, Atlanta Community Food Bank/Food Oasis-Atlanta, South West Atlanta Growers (SWAG) Cooperative and Organix Matters. Customers can make purchases using cash, credit, debit or EBT.
“Shoppers can also use Georgia Fresh for Less, formerly SNAP 2-for-1. Under the program, every dollar spent at the market becomes $2 in goods for shoppers,” the press release says.
Here is the market schedule:
– West End station, Tuesdays, May 2 – Nov. 29, 2017
– H.E. Holmes station, Wednesdays, May 24- Nov. 29, 2017
– College Park station, Thursdays, May 25- Nov. 30, 2017
– Five Points, station Fridays, May 12- Dec. 1, 2017