Truman Medical Centers’ Mobile Market Serves Customers Living in Food Desert

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The Truman Medical Centers Healthy Harvest Mobile Market has been up and running a little over three months and its success is incredible.

To date, 2,400 customers have taken advantage of the fresh and healthy produce the market has to offer. Roughly 68 percent of the customers served live in food deserts, “defined by the United States Department of Agriculture as low-income census tracts where a substantial number or share of residents has low access to a supermarket or large grocery store.”

“TMC is proud to partner with the Hospital Hill Economic Development Corporation (HHEDC) in bringing this much needed resource in our community into fruition,” CiCi Rojas, Vice President of Community Engagement at Truman Medical Centers (TMC), said.

The mobile market has been quite popular, with some stops seeing people line up before the bus’ arrival. Brendan Cossette, HHEDC’s Program Director explains, “The folks we see are genuinely thrilled about what we have to offer — great produce, great service, all at an affordable cost. What we do goes a long way in making this community healthier and provides alternatives to fast food options.”

The community agrees; more than 16,000 produce items have been purchased thus far.

The TMC Healthy Harvest Mobile Market is coming to a location near you (schedule effective 10/18/2012):

Tuesdays Thursdays
Jackson County Courthouse, 13th and Locust, Kansas City, MO 9AM – 12PM   Jackson County Courthouse Annex, 308 W. Kansas, Independence, MO 9AM – 10AM
Linwood Shopping Center, 31st and Prospect, Kansas City, MO 12:30PM – 1:30PM   Fairmount Community Center (NW CDC), 217 S. Cedar, Independence, MO 10:30AM – 11:30AM
Tony Aguirre Community Center, 2050 W. Pennway Terrace, Kansas City, MO 2PM – 3PM   Hillcrest Community Center, 10401 Hillcrest Road, Kansas City, MO 12PM – 2PM
Boys and Girls Club, Thornberry Unit, 43rd and Cleveland, Kansas City, MO 3:30PM – 5PM   Samuel U. Rodgers, 825 Euclid, Kansas City, MO 2:30PM – 3:30PM
Southeast Community Center, 4201 E. 63rd, Kansas City, MO 4PM – 5PM

Make sure to stop by, say hello and partake in all the Mobile Market has to offer!

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