Access AgLanta (pilot) is a team effort with the City of Atlanta’s One Atlanta Office, rideshare provider Lyft, Wholesome Wave Georgia, Georgia Farmers Market Association, Community Farmers Markets, local food markets, and community organizations to overcome fresh food access challenges and provide affordable access to fresh, healthy food options for low-income families in Atlanta. The six-month pilot will provide 300 families with 8 subsidized rideshare fees per month, to or from participating food markets. Participants who shop at designated farmers markets will be able to take full advantage of Wholesome Wave Georgia's Georgia Fresh for Less program whereby SNAP recipients can double their benefits for fruits and vegetables.
For more information about how you can participate in the Access AgLanta initiative, contact Denise@wholesomewavegeorgia.org.
Here’s the Access AgLanta Map of eligible Farmers Markets and grocery outlets.
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For families facing food hardship in these areas, transportation can be a major hurdle, with many lacking access to personal vehicles or accessible bus routes. This can adversely affect residents’ abilities to access healthy foods; for example, it may take them hours to reach a grocery store or supermarket via public transportation. Lyft’s work with the City of Atlanta seeks to alleviate these transportation obstacles.
For the duration of the six-month pilot, Lyft will provide 300 families with eight rides per month (four trips to and from participating grocery stores) for a flat $2 fee up to $10.
“Everyone should have access to fresh and healthy foods, and we recognize that grocery shopping comes with many challenges in some neighborhoods,” said Sam Bond, general manager of Lyft Southeast. “We want to help give families access to the healthy foods they need by easing the burden of traveling to food retailers. We’re committed to working towards a future in which Atlanta residents can fully overcome these barriers.”
This pilot is part of a broader, collaborative effort to increase Atlantans’ access to fresh, healthy food options. The City of Atlanta is partnering with Wholesome Wave Georgia, Georgia Farmers Market Association, and Community Farmers Markets, local food markets, and community organizations to overcome fresh food access challenges. Participants in Lyft’s pilot program will be able to take full advantage of the “Georgia Fresh for Less” program administered by Wholesome Wave Georgia, whereby SNAP benefits can be doubled at participating farmers markets.
“Despite being a large metropolis, transportation remains a barrier for many of our most under-resourced families in Atlanta,” said Denise Blake, president and CEO of Wholesome Wave Georgia. “This pilot program will provide much-needed relief and door-to-door service for families to access nutritious food right here in our city.”