Metro Transit bus to be converted into mobile grocery store

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photo courtesy of Twin Cities Mobile Market
The Wilder Foundation will convert a Metro Transit bus into a grocery store on wheels
Certain areas of the Twin Cities are about to have much easier access to fresh food. The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation is sponsoring a new grocery-store-on-wheels program called Twin Cities Mobile Market.

The foundation recently procured an old Metro Transit bus, which it will convert for use as a mobile market, bringing fresh food and produce to underserved areas of the Twin Cities. According to the foundation's website, the mobile market "fills a gap between food shelves and full-service supermarkets by providing a wide selection of fresh foods at below-market prices."

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The market hopes to cover many Twin Cities "food deserts," geographic areas in which residents don't have ready access to fresh, healthy food. 

Often, food deserts lack a major grocery store or market in the immediate area and instead tend to have smaller convenience stores that carry very few fresh, unprocessed food items. Food deserts also tend to be in areas with lower average incomes where residents often rely on public transit as a primary means of transportation.

"Many Twin Cities residents live in neighborhoods with limited access to affordable, healthy food. Residents in these neighborhoods face higher risks of diabetes, heart disease, and other negative health impacts," the foundation explains. "Because access to healthy food is a key factor to neighborhood well-being, Wilder is implementing the Twin Cities Mobile Market as an innovative approach to improving community health."

Similar programs have been launched in Chicago, D.C., New York, Boston, and other major metropolitan areas, and many of these operations rely on donations or grant funding. The Twin Cities Mobile Market is still in the fundraising stage and is actively seeking volunteers to help launch the program. The foundation has several informational events set up over the coming weeks to help build community engagement. To find out more about the events or to volunteer, visit wilderfoundation.org.

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anna.norden
anna.norden

One of the best things about spring is the return of the food trucks!

Katywompus Cassandra Snow
Katywompus Cassandra Snow

By definition, a food desert would be out of those delivery areas or have a ridiculous charge to go out that far.

NewShowOnBET
NewShowOnBET

I highly doubt ShaniQua and Dante' are going to concerned about getting fresh, all natural foods unless they are going to be selling ice cold malt liquor and chicken wings.

Benjamin Gray
Benjamin Gray

I'm also guessing the people in food deserts don't have as much access to ordering online and home delivery.

Jeremy Hop
Jeremy Hop

^ or allow other options. I dont care for my food sitting on my front stoop all day while im out and about.

John Bayer
John Bayer

Or just order your grocerys online and have them delivered to your door via Gopher Grocey...Or one of the other 3 delivery services.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

First they get SNAP.  Then it's too much trouble to get to the market, so we have to bring the food to them?

If these areas are 'food deserts' - I bet they are 'Crack gardens'!

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

@NewShowOnBET  In your next post you should let everyone know that there is no racism in America except that perpetuated by the black community or some stupid shit like that...

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

That's a good point - the Obama phones should come preprogrammed with the food delivery services, as well as liquor stores, and home delivery for pizza, wings.

catherineroseweber1
catherineroseweber1

@Truth_Teller_1  I encourage you to do a week's worth of grocery shopping for a family of four (or even two) on the bus, and then complain.  And then do another week's worth of shopping during rush hour.  And then add an infant, a toddler, and a preschooler, and do another week's worth of shopping.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Truth_Teller_1  you are very much like clive bundy, a dumb hick...


i mean what do you care, how does this have any impact on anything you do...


what do you make?  insurance invoices?

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

@Truth_Teller_1  the "we" in your statement implies that you are do something other than being a worthless bigot.   Stupid fucks like you do nothing but complain about the government doing too much.  Then when a private foundation steps in to help, that rubs you the wrong way.  Just accept that you are a cliven bundy fan and move on.

NewShowOnBET
NewShowOnBET

@Drewey  Blacks create their own stereotypes. They don't need my help. Go take a walk down West Broadway Ave tonight at 2 am. Of course, you won't do it because that is a black community and you know that there would be a 99.9999% chance that your cracker-ass would be rolled. That's makes you racist by proxy. Get your head out of your ass. Idealism is nonsense. Ray Westrum learned that the hard way. 


I hope that you never become a victim of black crime (or from any other race for that matter), but statistics are statistics. As a honky cracker living in a large city, your chances of being a victim of violent crime perpetrated by blacks are 8 times that of by whites. Want proof? Go to fbi.gov. 

NewShowOnBET
NewShowOnBET

@Drewey  What's wrong with being racist? Everyone is racist. Even if they deny it. Such as yourself.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

@catherineroseweber1:  " I encourage you to do a week's worth of grocery shopping for a family of four"

Well why are they having a family of four if they don't have any money?  Why are they living in Minneapolis, where the cost of living is much higher?  There's birth control readily available.  I keep saying:  If you can't feed 'em don't breed 'em!

The bottom line is that the breeding actions of these folks (white or black) are a negative drag on society, and the cause of many social problems.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

@Drewey "your statement implies that you are do something"  Yeah I pay taxes, I'm a maker.   I'm really tired of the takers. AAMOF there are a lot of us makers who are fed up.  These 'food deserts' are deserts because of the residents proclivity for crime, theft (shrinkage), bad behavior.   The residents have driven out the grocery stores.  And if not participating in the crime, they let it go unreported.

Now a private foundation is going to enable the people to continue to support the criminal situation.

What's interesting, is that you people with different points of view, need to immediately drop into name calling.   I guess you don't have any argument - just suppress that guy with an opinion you don't like.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@NewShowOnBET how much of a dumb hick pussy can you be. 


why all the fear mongering? why do you live in fear of being attacked by a black person?  thats such a rural bullshit idea


go back to the farm you dummy, with your wacked stats

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Truth_Teller_1  so what! 


all your 'truths" are meaningless


all your morals are corrupt


all your family ought to be ashamed


all your trolls arent even creative

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

@digitalprotocol   FICA is a wage tax used for funding Social Security and Disability - it is not a tax that funds the operation of the government.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Truth_Teller_1 they still pay income tax if they have a job along with SS tax


20% of people out of work - not on them 


its on you .. the maker

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

@digitalprotocol "everyone pays taxes stupid"  You can't resist name calling.

When you say everyone pays taxes... you mean sales tax?  How about the tax on cigs and booze that the takers pay?

Let's talk real tax:  Income tax- state and federal, capital gains tax, property tax, school taxes, county taxes.   The 'makers' pay these taxes.

While the takers sometimes get more than they paid in with the 'earned income tax credit'.  How about the 'free' (to them) school breakfasts / lunches / all day kindergarten baby sitting service?  They just breed 'em - but can't feed 'em. 

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

@Truth_Teller_1 @sorenson.tiffmarie  I like that you can't make it more than an hour before your veiled racism degrades into full on hillbilly ranting.  You fox news dullards shoot yourselves in the foot every time.   

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

@sorenson.tiffmarie " households that receive SNAP have an elderly or disabled person, or a child"

Probably 2 or 3 bastard children at least!   All different baby daddies.  No baby daddy in the home.

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

@NewShowOnBET @sorenson.tiffmarie  Care to back that statement up with some facts?  When you have a low IQ such as yourself its very easy to be tricked into believing lies perpetuated on your own racism.  Thats why I like proof.  So, please show a link to where your "facts" come from.

sorenson.tiffmarie
sorenson.tiffmarie

@NewShowOnBET @sorenson.tiffmarie  that's a pretty bold, and incorrect assumption. approximately 60% of those receiving SNAP are working at least part time, and beyond that 83% of households that receive SNAP have an elderly or disabled person, or a child. 

NewShowOnBET
NewShowOnBET

@sorenson.tiffmarie

Any taxes that they pay are refunded to them. And that's assuming that they are working, which the majority in those neighborhoods don't. Get your head out of your ass.

sorenson.tiffmarie
sorenson.tiffmarie

@Truth_Teller_1 @Drewey  you realize that people who receive SNAP and other benefits are also taxpayers...correct?? 


In regard to the rest of your ignorant rant, you can't argue with stupid, so I am not even going to attempt to present a reasonable argument. I am appalled at the ignorance that you are perpetuating. 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Drewey @Truth_Teller_1  


he thinks people on people getting govt subsidies dont pay anything other than consumption taxes...he is delusional


he thinks he makes something that benefits the common good! he is pathetic!


truth teller...your'e such a private property freak, what do you care what another private entity is doing?



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