A brand new sort of meals truck is coming to Prince George’s County to assist promote wholesome consuming in a lot of communities thought of meals deserts.
The refrigerated truck, full of regionally grown greens, fruit, dairy, meats and fish, might assist improve entry to high quality, wholesome meals for residents in areas the place choices are restricted.
Curbside Groceries is a cell meals partnership with the Capital Space Meals Financial institution and native grocery shops.
“What we’re doing is carry groceries to the neighborhoods which have challenges accessing good vitamin,” stated Radha Muthiah, president of the Capital Space Meals Financial institution. “We all know that when good high quality groceries is dropped at individuals, that’s what they select to eat.”
The meals is just not free, however it’s reasonably priced and accessible. In line with the meals financial institution, a household of 4 can eat for every week from the truck for $35. Customers will obtain recipes and a buying listing to assist them stick with a price range whereas making ready wholesome meals.
The county remains to be understanding its schedule, however the truck is predicted to go to communities which can be thought of meals deserts not less than 3 times per week. The county goes to supply data on the place to go when this system begins.
Grace Hill, a Prince George’s County resident, lives in one of many a number of meals deserts within the space. She refuses to buy within the one grocery retailer in her neighborhood; as an alternative, she drives to Virginia for a greater choice.
“I don’t purchase on this neighborhood,” Hill stated. “My daughter and I trip out to Fairfax or the Big on South Capitol Avenue close to Southern Avenue. The alternatives are far better.”
These meals deserts, or areas with restricted entry to wholesome meals choices, weren’t unusual earlier than the pandemic, however the circumstances introduced on by COVID-19 worsened the state of affairs for a lot of.
“Even earlier than the pandemic, we had the best meals desert,” stated George Askew, chief administrative officer of Well being and Human Companies. “Greater than 50% are quick meals choices.”
The county’s meals insecurity drawback was made plain on the top of the COVID pandemic, and it hasn’t modified as 1000’s proceed to line up without cost meals distributions.
When the meals truck begins operations, certainly one of its stops might be close to Hill’s house, probably saving her a protracted drive and freezer house.
“I’d love to have the ability to go to 2 blocks away from house and purchase groceries, however the alternatives usually are not good,” Hill stated.
So till her native meals financial institution begins providing a cell choice, she says she’ll proceed making her cross-state drive.
“Monday the primary,” Hill stated, “we’ll exit to Virginia to purchase.”