Wayne County residents can access fresh fruits and vegetables through March at Foodlink’s Curbside Market trucks.
The trucks visit communities where residents have trouble accessing fresh foods, and often stop in rural communities at affordable housing units or by recently closed supermarkets. The market offers 30 varieties of fruits, vegetables, eggs and unsalted nuts.
“Providing new access points to fresh fruits and vegetables on a year-round basis is crucial,” said Mitch Gruber, chief programs officer at Foodlink.
People on a fixed income, or who have trouble with mobility or transportation, frequently visit the truck.
“Many people don’t realize that even though some residents in rural communities are surrounded by farms, they are still in a food desert if they don’t have access to a local grocery store or farmers market,” Gruber said. “We’re excited to bring fresh, affordable produce to people’s doorsteps throughout the winter, when weather can sometimes deter people from making a trip to the store.”
Curbside Market was able to reach more people in 2017 throughout the Finger Lakes region with funding from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. The health plan helped fund a new truck for Curbside’s fleet of vehicles, which helped the program serve 35 percent more people.
The trucks will appear from 10:15 to 11 a.m. on Jan. 9 and 23 at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, 1200 Driving Park Ave., and Jan. 16 and 30 at 200 East, 200 E. Miller, Newark; and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Feb. 6 and 20 at Towpath Manor, 200 Canal St., Palmyra.
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