Indianapolis bus riders can shop fresh produce at a new market at the downtown transit center, starting Friday.
Every Friday until the end of October, local produce –– like kale, tomatoes and peppers –– will be available at from 3 to 6 p.m. downtown during peak transit hours.
Speaking at the market, Mayor Joe Hogsett says the program aims to address food access issues in the city. An estimated 170,990 Marion County residents live in food insecurity.
"Access to nutritious food cannot, must not be a luxury available only to the few," Hogsett says.
The mayor’s office in partnership with IndyGo and Growing Places Indy, a nonprofit that addresses food insecurity, launched the program.
The market will accept EBT and SNAP.
The City of Indianapolis has invested $6,300 to help start the program and plans to contribute $15,000 in 2019.
This market joins several other food access initiatives in Indianapolis.
The market will close during the winter and is planned to re-open in Spring 2019.