As a true "community" market, we are always seeking ways to be more inclusive, in order to bring together "local folks, local farms and local foods"
We are very excited to offer 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.
Increased funding from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council enables us to now:
match your SNAP spending, dollar for dollar
match your cash-on-hand, in the event your SNAP benefits run out before the end of the monthly cycle.
match cash-on-hand at any time for all WIC* customers. * The supplementary nutritional program for women, infants and children.
Our board members and management team believe this outreach will bring us one step closer to benefitting EVERYONE in the community. 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 our for signs in the booths of our participating vendors. Please come to the information desk by the Community House (small white building), where our staff will be happy to assist you.
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 Street, 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 cooler in front of the central patio, which in turn will be passed on to this worthwhile organization.
MCFM looks for ways to promote sustainability of our environment. Did you know that we are part of the Butterfly Highway, a statewide conservation initiative that aims to restore native pollinator habitats to areas impacted by urbanization? Take a peek at these miniature workers in action the next time you're passing our patio garden.
We are fortunate to collaborate with BeeCityUSA, known for its efforts in galvanizing communities to reverse pollinator decline. Its members usually visit a couple of times a year and both adults and kids alike enjoy its fun display and observation hive.
Together, we can all spread the word about the vital role pollinators play in maintaining healthy habitats and ecosystems.