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Friendship Gardens TO GO returns to the Charlotte Transportation Center with fresh produce

IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 11, 2013 

Charlotte, N.C. - Friendship Gardens TO GO will re-open at the Charlotte Transportation Center (CTC) on March 14. Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is partnering with the mobile market to supply fresh produce at the CTC every Thursday from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. between March 14 and October 24. The project supports Mayor Anthony Foxx’s “Healthy Children, Healthy Families” Democratic National Convention (DNC) legacy program by helping to increase access to natural foods and promoting healthy lifestyles. 

“This program is extremely efficient and provides a healthy lifestyle benefit to our transit customers, which complements the health advantages riders receive from using public transportation,” said CATS CEO Carolyn Flowers. Customers should look for the red truck parked at Bay X of 310 East Trade Street.

“We are excited to re-launch our mobile market this spring,” said Henry Owen, Friendship Gardens Program Director. “New this year, we now accept EBT/SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits from our customers.” Individuals can purchase food with cash, debit, credit cards and now EBT/SNAP cards. Owen describes the program as breaking down barriers to fresh, healthy food for all.

“I’m pleased that a concept we launched during the DNC has become a permanent asset for Charlotteans,” said Mayor Foxx.  “By providing CATS riders with convenient access to healthy foods, this market will help more of our residents live healthy lives.”

Friendship Gardens TO GO is a DNC legacy project that supplies a quick and convenient location to purchase fresh produce in Uptown Charlotte. The mobile market originally launched in August 2012 with the help of Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee and Humana.

The legacy programs were announced by Mayor Anthony Foxx in 2012 to help ensure that the convention would leave a positive, lasting impact on the local region.

To learn more about Friendship Gardens and Friendship Gardens TO GO visit www.friendship-gardens.org/mobile_market. To learn more about CATS and transit planning, please call 704-336-7433 or visit us on the web at www.ridetransit.org.