Wire | All Aboard the Fresh Food Express

February 25th, 2014

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Valley Metro and Partners Repurpose Bus as Mobile Market

Valley Metro is pleased to partner with the Discovery Triangle Development Corporation to launch a fresh food initiative that will bring a mobile produce market to underserved neighborhoods. The “Fresh Express by Discovery Triangle” will sell fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables out of a retired Valley Metro bus.

Fresh Express bus unveiled at Brunson Lee Elementary School in Phoenix will sell fresh, affordable and high-quality fruits and vegetables to underserved neighborhoods.

“We understand the value of healthy communities to enhance the quality of life for our riders,” said Valley Metro Board Chair and Mesa Councilmember Scott Somers. “The Fresh Express bus will provide easier access to affordable, nutritious food that will help nurture the community’s youth.”

Discovery Triangle is a redevelopment initiative that focuses on a 25-square-mile region in the urban cores of Phoenix and Tempe. This area is considered a “food desert” because of limited access to grocery stores. The retrofitted Valley Metro bus will travel to schools, senior centers, parks, churches and other community gathering places located in the Discovery Triangle to provide access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Valley Metro Chair and Mesa Council member, Scott Somers (left), with “passengers” aboard the Fresh Express bus.

Valley Metro would also like to thank several of its industry service providers for helping to make this partnership possible:

Photos courtesy of Valley Metro.