Food Rx Program

Feast Down East is excited to announce our Food Prescription (Rx) Program! We are partnering with Novant Health to launch a new Mobile Farmers’ Market route in addition to our current route. Through this program, eligible patients will receive a free Food Rx voucher to use at our Mobile Market. We will be going to several Novant Health clinics around New Hanover and Brunswick county weekly to provide farm fresh, local items to patients with food insecurity. However, these markets are still open to the public as well, and we are able to accept cash, card, Food Rx vouchers, and EBT (with dollar for dollar matching!) The week of October 16th will be the first week of these new market sites, so come see us!!

Novant Health & Feast Down East Present

Food Prescription Program

Ask your provider if you are eligible to receive your Monthly $20 vouchers to use at either all of our locations, including our new Food Rx route, or our original Local Motive Movile Farmers' Market route. Novant Health is partnering with Feast Down East to bring fresh, local food to several clinics in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties. Because "Food Is Medicine."

Novant Health to operate retail health clinics located in Walgreens stores in North Carolina; Walgreens to acquire nine Novant Health retail pharmacies
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Proud to Offer Fresh Bucks

Payments and Programs

We accept SNAP/EBT (food stamps), credit/debit, and cash. Plus, we participate in the Fresh Bucks program for SNAP/EBT customers. For every dollar you spend, we'll match it up to $25 in Fresh Bucks – aka... 50% off EBT purchases up to $50!

How do I participate?

REDEEMING Food Rx Vouchers

STEP 1: • Attend your regularly scheduled appointment at participating Novant Health clinics:

  • Coastal Family Medicine
  • Coastal OB/GYN-Shipyard
  • Zimmer Cancer Center
  • Oceanside Family Medicine-Leland
  • If eligible for Food Rx, you will receive a $20 Food Rx voucher from your healthcare provider to purchase seasonal, local products at our Local Motive Mobile Farmers' Market
  • Your Food Rx voucher will automatically renew monthly!

STEP 2: • Visit our WEEKLY Local Motive Mobile Farmers' Market with your Food Rx Voucher!

  • Shop like you would anywhere else!
  • Show your voucher to market staff to pay!
  • Mobile Market also accepts cash, debit/credit,
    Apple/Google pay, EBT with dollar matching up to $25
Novant Health to operate retail health clinics located in Walgreens stores in North Carolina; Walgreens to acquire nine Novant Health retail pharmacies

Our New Food RX Mobile Market Schedule

This is the new schedule and locations for our NEW Food Rx Program, an additional route to our usual Local Motive Mobile Farmers' Market. We will be going to multiple locations in New Hanover County and now Pender County as well! Black River Health Services in Atkinson and Burgaw, and Novant Health locations throughout Wilmington. Our Local Motive Mobile Farmers' Market is Open To The Public, stop by soon and grab some nutritious local food.
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loading the van Flo with produce for the mobile market
Be Vocal. Support Local.

Fresh From The Farm to Your Table

Our mobile market sells seasonal foods sourced directly from the Feast Down East Food Hub in Burgaw, NC. Every product we offer comes from the very soil of our region, reflecting our commitment to local farmers and sustainability. Everyone is welcome to shop at our market site, creating an inclusive space for community and nourishment.

View Our Mobile Market Locations

View our Local Motive Mobile Farmers' Market locations throughout the week on this interactive map. Where will we be today? Stop by!

Volunteer At The Food Rx Mobile Market

We're seeking dedicated volunteers to fill roles as produce handlers, cashiers, data collectors/survey handlers, and table restockers. Our opportunities change throughout the year, so check back often. Make a difference in your community today!

Drive Change With Us

Support our Mobile Farmers' Market in bringing fresh, local produce to food apartheids. Every dollar donated goes a long way in improving access to healthy food. Donate today!

Our Impact

We've had the privilege of assisting over 2,400 visitors at our markets, operating 25 monthly farmers' markets in communities experiencing food apartheid.

Assisting Over
Customers Since 1/1/23
With Over
Dollars in Sales Since 1/1/23

Farmer Map

View a map of our farmers here.

Experience or Host an Event

Join us at our next community gathering to feel the Mobile Market vibe firsthand, or bring the bounty of local produce to your own event! Discover the joy of local food and community connection. Click here to see our upcoming events or to invite us to yours!"

Testimonials

"I love [the Mobile Market] because it gives people in these food deserts a place to go so they don't have to sit on a bus for an hour, and gives them an opportunity to get fresh food that is healthy and affordable."

Kelly, Rankin Terrace customer

"I am 77 and live on a fixed income, yet I only receive $15 a month in food stamp benefits. I look forward to you coming every Wednesday, not just because you’re great, but I know if I save my $15 in food stamps to use with the Mobile Market, I can get $30 worth of fresh, local food over the course of the month! A man isn’t a man without his spuds (potatoes)."

Walter, Robert Taylor Senior Housing customer

"One of the things I love about the Mobile Market is that everything is based on what's in season. I also really love the grass-fed beef, and the eggs are so good! The prices are amazing. It's nice to know that these things are being raised humanely."

Kelly, Rankin Terrace customer

"My daughter woke up this morning craving kale - like that is a thing in a child. But y’all - I knew I was going to be able to purchase it today because you were going to be here and can accept SNAP."

Coco, longtime Local Motive customer

"I live down the street [from The WIRE market] and I love coming to the market because it's very convenient to my home and getting my child from school, and I can do everything on my bicycle. I get eggs, stuff for vegetable soup, and beef livers for my dog because I make her dog food for her. I'm absolutely thrilled to support [the Mobile Market] because it feels good to support local farmers that are bringing this stuff to town."

Helen, The Wire w/ CIS customer

Contact Us

If you have any questions about our Food Rx Program please contact Susannah Spratt, the Food Rx Program Manager at [email protected] – or fill out the form below.

Additionally, Feast Down East has implemented an in-depth framework of safeguards for customers, community members, and staff while at Local Motive farmers market sites. Please reference our Public Health and Safety Operational Guide for more information.

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