Tuesday, July 17, 2012

TMC Healthy Harvest Mobile Market is now rolling in Kansas City

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 10:45 AM

The farmers market hits the road today.
  • The farmers market hits the road today.
Neighborhoods used to have produce carts, simple wooden boxes stacked with apples, bananas and oranges. With Kansas City a bit more spread out geographically these days, it made sense to get something a little bigger. The Healthy Harvest Mobile Market — a former Kansas City Area Transportation Authority bus converted into a rolling produce stand — hits the road today.

The moving market is a joint effort between Truman Medical Centers and the Hospital Hill Economic Development Corp. designed to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to the urban core in areas known as "food deserts" (so designated because of residents' lack of access to a traditional grocery store and produce).

The bus will be selling produce two days a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and will have licensed nutritionists and dietitians onboard to talk about making healthy choices.

On Tuesdays, the bus is at the Jackson County Courthouse (415 E. 12th St.) from 9 to 11 a.m., the Lucile Bluford Public Library (3050 Prospect) from 12 to 3 p.m., and the Boys & Girls Club (43rd and Cleveland) from 4 to 6 p.m.

On Thursdays, it stops at Hillcrest Community Center (10401 Hillcrest Road) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Southeast Community Center (4201 E. 63rd St.) from 2 to 5 p.m.

It's the latest step in Truman CEO John Bluford's push to remake the eating choices offered by the medical center. Truman was in the news earlier this month for its attempts to provide healthy alternatives to the McDonald's located in the cafeteria. The hospital has been criticized for having the fast-food operation as an on-site vendor. The Hospital Hill Economic Development Corp. is also pushing for a brick-and-mortar grocery store in the urban core.

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