Reach St. Pete’s mission is to prevent, alleviate, and eliminate homelessness by bridging the gap between people and resources. The organization has long worked toward creating a mobile grocery store to reach areas most in need of fresh produce and pantry items. Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) has officially approved the donation of a bus to the nonprofit to begin creating this mobile grocery store in the Sunshine City.
Here’s the announcement posted on Reach St. Pete’s Facebook page:
It’s official! The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority board passed a motion to donate a city bus to our organization. We now get the privilege of transforming into a mobile grocery store.
Reach St. Pete aims to have the bus up and running in 2022. Those interested in assisting with the development of the mobile grocery store can donate here.
The concept will be modeled after a similar program in St. Louis. St. Louis Metro Market transformed a donated city bus into a grocery store on wheels to bridge physical, financial, and educational barriers in food deserts in order to have the greatest potential towards increasing the supply and demand for healthy foods in these low-income, high need communities.
PSTA will officially donate the retrofitted bus to the local non-profit to be turned into a mobile market on September 29.
More than 135,000 Pinellas County residents struggle with food insecurity. By working together, PSTA and Reach St. Pete share the goal of reaching neighbors and making an impact in their lives.
Want to keep up with all that Reach St. Pete does? Visit the organization’s website.
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