Food and Nutrition Services

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Current News

From mobile farmers’ markets to public transportation: local organizations creating solutions for food deserts (2/20/18). Seventy thousand people residents in the four counties of Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender in southeastern North Carolina live in areas designated as food deserts. A nonprofit organization is working with partners to increase access to food.

Major grocery chain Kroger offers customers and employees a free shuttle service to store. (2/5/18). The Morse Road corridor was chosen after meeting with officials from US Together, an immigrant and refugee resettlement organization with offices in the Northland area as well as Cleveland and Toledo.

Resources

Flint MTA Rides to Groceries ServiceThe MTA has expanded the "Ride to Groceries" to now service all of Genesee County. Propane vehicles have been assigned to Your Ride Service Centers to transport passengers in various locations in Genesee County.  Passengers call in to the closest Your Ride Service Center to schedule a trip. The service runs seven days a week, 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Cost for this service is $3.50 each way.  There is no limit to the amount of groceries brought on to the vehicle.

Transportation Strategies to Connect Youth with Summer Food Programs (Joblinks Employment Transportation Center, 2013). Explores potential collaboration strategies mobility managers, transportation providers, and summer meal sites can pursue to reduce the number of children who go hungry each summer. Concludes with suggested strategies that mobility management professionals can use to support access to summer food programs within their communities.

Rides to Meals, Part 1: Strategies and Resources to Support Connections between Summer Food Service Programs and Transportation (June 2015 webinar). Explored ways in which public transit programs can partner with FNS-funded summer food programs to ensure youth have access to nutrition over the summer months, showcasing two examples from Texas.

Rides to Meals, Part 2: Strategies to Connect Youth with Summer Food Service Programs (April 2016 webinar). Webinar featuring two of these communities as well as a short review of other strategies featured in an upcoming NCMM Mobility Management In Practice brief on this topic. Also view the Food and Nutrition Service slides and other presenters’ slides.