Bus Turned Food Market Feeds Residents In Toronto Food Deserts
The FoodShare Truck is dedicated to giving communities their share of healthy, fresh produce
In Toronto, there is an old bus turned food truck that operates for a cause. The Toronto FoodShare Truck is a mobile food market that fresh fruits and vegetables at cheaper prices to low income families living in food deserts.
The Foodshare Truck is under the Mobile Good Food Market Initiative, which is a Toronto Public Health (TPH) project. The TPH Food Strategy department worked together with United Way Toronto, University of Toronto and FoodShare to come up with the idea.
Food deserts are places where people do not have access to fresh produce. They live too far away from groceries or supermarkets causing residents to suffer poor nutrition. The goal of the FoodShare Truck is to bring the fresh produce to the people so it can improve their nutrition and avoid obesity, malnutrition and chronic problems in the future.
The truck used to be a Wheel-Trans bus and it was donated by the Toronto Transit Commission, according to Canadian Public Health Association. The TPH then sought the help of an architectural firm to completely transform the old bus. It was decorated inside and out, removing seats to add storage and permanent shelves. The end result is a mobile store.
The mobile food truck doesn’t aim to profit from the sales. It merely offers impoverished communities the opportunity to buy quality fruits and vegetables at a cheaper price. Who can buy from the mobile food truck? Senior citizens, single parent families and low income communities. The FoodShare Truck is removing isolation and opening doors to better health.
Nonetheless, operating a mobile store isn’t easy on the finances. To help reduce the costs, volunteers work under a group called Community Good Leaders, wherein they devote their time and efforts in helping with the bus’ operations. They also work hard to provide diverse fruits and vegetables that the customers will enjoy.
Lead image via FoodShare Toronto on Facebook