Our mission to be a "community" market means we are always seeking ways to be more inclusive, in order to bring together "local folks, local farms and local foods".
SNAP/EBT Benefits Accepted At MCFM
Cards Can Now Be Processed Year Round
We are very excited to announce that the market is now accepting SNAP/EBT benefits. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides assistance to many Americans who do not have the resources to afford nutritious foods. We also offer Double Bucks - a great way for customers to stretch their SNAP benefits further (up to an extra $20).
Our board members and management team believe this outreach will bring us one step closer to fulfilling our mission of bringing together ALL local folks, local farms and local foods. Although there are communities in need close by, our challenge will be to serve those customers who face transportation difficulties from further away. We are notifying local churches and organizations about our participation, to get the word out, as it were. The program covers household foods (breads, baked goods, vegetables, fruits, meats, fish, poultry and dairy products). It does not allow non-food items or hot foods that are ready-to-eat.
Look out for the signs in the booths of our participating vendors. Please come into our community house (the small white building), where our staff will be happy to provide you with more information and assistance.
List of MCFM Vendors who accept SNAP/EBT tokens HERE
We are going to give away two prizes of 50 SNAP dollars each! Those SNAP customers who swipe their EBT cards at MCFM during the entire month of November will have their names automatically entered. The winners will be drawn at random and announced during the first week in December.
Our New Partnership With The Bulb
Up until recently, we have sought community outreach with Matthews Help Center through its "Share The Harvest" food pantry. COVID-19 has changed the Center's current needs, so further donations from us have been placed on hold. We have now partnered with The Bulb Mobile Market, an organization which serves neighborhoods located in local food deserts. Its founder, Alisha Pruitt, with her background in homeless services and social work, recognizes that access to fresh food is crucial to optimum health. Her mobile units get to the “the bulb” of the problem by bringing fresh food, in addition to food education and resources, to those who wouldn't ordinarily have access. Each Saturday, our vendors and customers can donate fresh produce by placing it in the coolers in front of the community house, which in turn will be passed on to this worthwhile organization.
MCFM looks for ways to promote sustainability of our environment.
We're excited to announce that our patio garden has become a part of
the Butterfly Highway, a statewide conservation initiative that aims to
restore native pollinator habitats to areas impacted by urbanization.