MARTI riders will have access to free, fresh fruit and vegetables because of a new Healthy Produce Initiative.
The initiative is from funding from the Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas initiative through the Duke Endowment, and the Marlboro Empower Action Team.
Patrick Bines, director of the Northeastern Rural Health Network, said it was an opportunity to address food insecurity in the area.
“We know it is a big need especially due to COVID-19,” he said.
A box containing bags of produce will be placed on the MARTi buses for the next nine weeks through June 30. Community members can take the bags with no questions asked.