Update, July 13: Here are pictures from the Mobile Market’s first day at MCC-Penn Valley. A little rain didn’t keep enthusiastic MCC employees and neighbors away. Don’t forget — the Mobile Market will stop at Penn Valley each Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in a parking lot near Carter Art Center.
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A bus full of fresh fruits and vegetables is about to roll onto the MCC-Penn Valley campus — not just one time but weekly, starting July 13. The mobile market offers fresh everything, from the common to the unusual, and Metropolitan Community College is pleased to be a stop on its special delivery route!
Since the summer of 2012, Truman Medical Centers’ Healthy Harvest Mobile Market has made regular stops around Kansas City, providing affordable, fresh produce for consumers who might have limited access to grocery stores.
Look for the Mobile Market on the MCC-Penn Valley campus starting July 13 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The bus will be there each Wednesday at the same time until the service halts when cold weather sets in.
The Mobile Market will be parked in Lot B on the south side of the Penn Valley campus. That’s next to the Carter Art Center near 33rd Street and Southwest Trafficway.
TMC created the Mobile Market in an effort to encourage healthy eating habits and to address the lack of accessibility to fresh produce in the areas referred to as “food deserts.”
“MCC employees, students and community members are all welcome to shop at the Mobile Market,” says Shelley Temple Kneuvean, vice chancellor for financial and administrative services. “It is open to the public and provides fresh produce and affordable prices. I am so glad we can join this effort and be involved in yet another great civic partnership.”
MCC Chancellor Mark James says the College is always looking for new ways to provide needed services to students, employees and the community.
“TMC has done a fantastic job engineering this campaign to promote healthy living and provide access to fresh produce for our entire community,” James says. “We are thankful that TMC CEO and MCC alumnus Charlie Shields continues to look for ways to partner with MCC and include us in the hospital’s efforts to better our community.”
The Mobile Market is a handicap-accessible converted city bus that brings its fare to numerous stops around the city Tuesday through Friday. Customers can pay with various forms of currency, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cards, credit cards and cash.
For more information on the market, contact TMC Community Outreach at 816.404.3518. The schedule of stops is subject to change.