With gasoline and food prices spiking and putting more pressure on families to make ends meet in this tough economy, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance wants to help stretch those grocery dollars further with the introduction of its new Value Marketplace program.

Unlike the free emergency food boxes composed of both donated and purchased items, Value Marketplace is a self-sustaining program featuring 100 percent purchased product of grocery staple items such as meat, produce and pantry items at a substantial discount over retail prices made possible by the large quantities St. Mary’s purchases at one time.

Located at 3003 W. Thomas Road, Value Marketplace accepts cash, debit and credit cards as well as EBT Quest cards (food stamps) and offers an al a carte menu of items where shoppers can select as many of each item as they wish. For a limited time, any transaction over $10 will earn a free 5-pound bag of potatoes.

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