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Fresh MARTA Market received USDA grant of $500,000 to expand

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Fresh MARTA Market received USDA grant of $500,000 to expand

Photo provided by MARTA

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Photo provided by MARTA

Fresh MARTA Market is on the rise with a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant totaling $500,000.

Using the grant money, MARTA will “expand its fresh produce kiosks in 2018.”

Starting in 2015, the market has expanded to four MARTA markets at rail stations, located at West End, College Park, H.E. Holmes, and Five Points.

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Included in a recent press release, a study conducted by Feeding America, Hunger in America 2014, reported that “more than 300,000 people within MARTA’s service area lack reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food.”

As for the USDA grant goes, Interim MARTA GM/CEO Elizabeth O’Neill said in a recent press release that “this generous grant from the USDA enables MARTA to help bridge the nutritional gap from the convenience of our local stations and expand our increasingly popular Fresh MARTA Market program.”

Fresh MARTA Market averages approximately 2,000 visitors per week.

For this fall season, the markets started selling prepared foods, such as salads, breads, and baked goods at their “fresh value” stands. They accept cash, credit, debit, or EBT.

You can still come check out the fresh, local food before the 2018 season. The following locations are open from 3 to 7 p.m.

– West End, every Tuesday until Nov. 29, 2017
– H.E. Holmes every Wednesday until Nov. 29, 2017
– College Park every Thursday until Nov. 30, 2017
– Five Points every Friday until Dec. 1, 2017

Partners of the Fresh MARTA Market are the Community Farmers Market, Atlanta Community Food Bank/Food Oasis-Atlanta, South West Atlanta Growers Cooperative, and Organix Matters.

To learn more, visit https://cfmatl.org/marta/.

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