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Greensboro Farmers Market, Inc. Partners with Guilford County Community Network to Address Fresh Food Access Challenges in Guilford County

(Last Updated On: November 15, 2016)

 gfcm-logo-sidebar-1Greensboro, NC –Greensboro Farmers Market, Inc. is proud to announce participation in Guilford Community Care Network (GGCN) Orange Card Program with a grant received from the Cone Health Foundation. This partnership will provide a new way for the 5,460 enrolled participants to access fresh foods.  GCCN is a non-profit program of community supporters that coordinates health care services for low-income or uninsured individuals in Guilford County.

Orange Card beneficiaries will receive $15 in tokens weekly to shop the market for fresh produce, breads, dairy products, eggs, meat, poultry, and seafood.  “Making local produce accessible and affordable for the community of greater Greensboro fulfills the Market’s Mission to ‘support better health through healthy eating’,” notes GFM, Inc. Executive Director Lee Mortensen.

Orange Card Tokens may be used to purchase fresh foods beginning on Wednesday, November 23, 2016.  and in combination with the Market’s Pre-Thanksgiving Holiday Market. Orange Card holders must present their GCCN Orange Card and ID at the manager’s station during Wednesday Market hours, 8 am – 1 pm. Each token is valued at one dollar and may be used in combination with cash or change as vendors will not give change back on Market Tokens.  Orange Card Market Tokens may be used at participating vendors displaying Orange Card token signs and tokens maybe used at both Wednesday and Saturday Markets.

The Orange Card Program is a pilot program and is scheduled to run through November 2017 and all Orange Card Tokens must be used by the end of November 2017. Tokens will only be available on Wednesdays until December 28th, 2016, the end of Mid-Week Market, and then tokens may be obtained on Saturday Markets 7am-12 noon until Wednesday Markets re-open on April 19th, 2017.

“This partnership represents an innovative approach to quality healthcare for all by integrating access to healthy and affordable food options to the patients we serve.” Lisa Duck, Guilford Adult Health, Inc. Executive Director. Guilford Adult Health, Inc. programs, Guilford Community Care Network and Guilford Dental Access Program, offer guidance and access to medical and oral health care for the underserved, uninsured and vulnerable individuals of our community. For more information on the GCCN Orange Card please visit http://guilfordccn.org/.

About the Market: Greensboro Farmers Market, Inc. (GFM) operates the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market on behalf of the City of Greensboro. GFM is a 501c3 nonprofit. GFM provides greater Greensboro with opportunities to purchase and learn about local food and setting. GFM encourages and supports the growth of local foods and artisan goods businesses to improve greater Greensboro’s economy, support better health through healthy eating and build social and community connections.

Hours of Operation

Year Round

Saturday 7 am – 12 pm

Wednesday’s 8 am – 1 pm (April – Dec.)

The Market is an indoor facility with free admission, WiFi, and plenty of free parking as well as an ATM on site.

 

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