TC Food Bank’s rolling grocery store brings low-income neighborhoods regular access to low-cost, high quality food

  • Date: 03/21/2022

Every week, Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Market Fresh on the Move is making stops at more than 12 locations throughout Indian River County’s low-income neighborhoods, providing residents with reliable access to affordable, nutritious food. Each stop is one step forward in Treasure Coast Food Bank’s commitment to eliminating barriers to affordable, healthy food.

Residents have become accustomed to the route and await Market Fresh’s arrival each week. Residents enrolled in SNAP get the added benefit of buying their produce using a statewide nutrition program called Fresh Access Bucks.  When 50 percent or more of their groceries are fresh produce, they receive a 50 percent discount on their bill up to $10. The goal of the program is to encourage healthy eating choices.

Inside the rolling grocery store are shelves stocked with an abundance of fruits and vegetables and dry and canned products, as well as refrigerators filled with dairy, eggs, and meat. The truck also is equipped with an on-board kitchen and at times, hosts healthy cooking demonstrations and other nutrition education. A future goal of the program is to have pre-cooked meals and salads produced by Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Culinary Training Academy available as well.

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