Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Busing in healthy food

The St Louis MetroMarket and St Louis University are converting a Metro transit bus into a mobile farmers' market. It will be fitted out with refrigeration units and aisles wide enough to accommodate the handicapped. It will be wrapped with original art on vinyl.

The MetroMarket is a nonprofit organization to restore access to fresh foods in "food deserts."

Food deserts are often found in lower income neighborhoods, where supermarkets either depart or are not located. Fresh produce, especially, is hard to come by.

The first stop will be in a neighborhood with a median income of around $18,000 and only three small corner stores.

Because this is a university project, data will be collected and some classes will work on the project.

Also in the works: job training and entrepreneurship programs.

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