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 Now Accepted At MCFM
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
Matthews Help Center
Another way we seek community outreach is through our participation in the "Share The Harvest" food pantry, in partnership with the Matthews Help Center located on N. Ames St. Each Saturday, our vendors and customers may donate fresh produce by placing it in the coolers in front of the community house. At the end of the market, these donations are taken to the Help Center to share with those who do not have the means to purchase these items. Monetary donations for the Help Center are accepted inside the community house.
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.