1:03 PM EDT, May 3, 2012
The Roanoke City Market area-- known for its produce and other foods-- is growing.
The City Market is expanding its hours on Thursday evenings, starting June 7th.
A partnership with the Kirk Family YMCA is helping to make it happen.
Also, new fundraising efforts called, “Friends of the Farmers Market”, will help with expanding programs and integrate the downtown community.
Thanks to two grants from Carilion Clinic and the Foundation for Roanoke Valley, the City Market is introducing a two-for-one EBT program, which will help low income families purchase fresh foods.
The President and CEO of Downtown Roanoke Incorporated, Sean Luther, says downtown and surrounding neighborhoods are considered “food deserts” and they hope these initiatives help solve that issue. "It's really a combination of ensuring they have access to essential foods but also supporting local economy and our local agricultural base," said Luther.
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