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The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) will be opening its Fresh MARTA Markets in the coming weeks.
The markets, which provide affordable, locally-sourced, nutritious produce in neighborhoods considered “food deserts,” will be coming to the West End station on April 23, the Five Points station on April 26, and the H.E. Holmes, College Park and Bankhead Stations in early May, according to program materials.
“We realize all communities don’t have adequate access to fresh and affordable produce,” MARTA General Manager and CEO Jeffrey Parker said in a statement. “These markets not only serve our riders, but because of their convenient locations, they are a fresh food resource for entire communities. We’re bridging the nutritional gap from the convenience of our rail stations.”
MARTA, in partnership with Community Farmers Markets, Organix Matters, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Open Hand, Wholesome Wave Georgia and Food Oasis Atlanta will be offering fresh produce once a week from now through the first week of December at select stations, according to program materials. The markets are open Tuesdays at West End, Wednesdays at Bankhead and H.E. Holmes, Thursdays at College Park, and Fridays at Five Points from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.
The markets accept cash, credit and debit cards. EBT and SNAP are also accepted, program materials indicate. SNAP benefits are doubled at the market, meaning five dollars swiped equals 10 dollars to spend.