As food trucks
have been popular in Washington DC over the past few years, now there's a new Mobile Farmers Market being launched by the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture
, a nonprofit dedicated to growing an equitable and sustainable food system in the Washington, DC area. The Mobile Market is a retrofitted school bus that distributes fresh vegetables, fruit, milk, eggs and meat from Arcadia Farm and other local, sustainable producers. By applying the food truck approach to the challenges of food access, the Mobile Market aims to serve neighborhoods that lack healthy, affordable food options by making scheduled, weekly market stops in targeted areas. Scheduled DC stops include a senior wellness center, low-income housing site, metro stop, health care provider, and city park. The Mobile Market will also offer cooking demonstrations, recipes, nutrition information and additional resources.
The Mobile Market accepts SNAP (formerly known as "Food Stamps"), WIC (Women, Infant and Children checks), and Senior (Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program) checks and offers a "Bonus Bucks" program, matching these benefits dollar for dollar up to $10 (i.e. $20 worth of food for $10 in SNAP, WIC or Senior FMNP).
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