Everyone should have access to fresh, affordable, healthy food.
Twin Cities Mobile Market is a grocery store on wheels that brings affordable, healthy food directly into under-resourced neighborhoods. A program of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Twin Cities Mobile Market fills a gap between food shelves and full-service supermarkets by providing a wide selection of fresh foods at below-market prices. In several neighborhoods, residents must rely on limited selections in local mini-marts and expensive transportation to travel to more distant grocery stores to feed their families.
We need to raise $10,000 to fill the bus with fresh foods and get Twin Cities Mobile Market off to a great start.
Beginning summer of 2014 Twin Cities Mobile Market will serve neighborhoods in Saint Paul, Minnesota, providing affordable, healthy foods community members want to eat. Access to fresh foods instills healthy eating and lifestyle habits in our children while they are young, and helps prevent diabetes and other diet-related diseases among adults. Everyone deserves access to fresh food regardless of where they live. Twin Cities Mobile Market is breaking out of traditional food distribution systems to bring healthy foods directly into neighborhoods. We have a converted Metro Transit bus, a sound business plan, and start-up funds. Now we need the food that will fuel our launch and get the Twin Cities Mobile Market off to a healthy start!
Your donation will purchase fresh foods to get Twin Cities Mobile Market off to a robust start. For example:
- A gift of $25 provides food for a typical shopping trip to the Twin Cities Mobile Market.
- A gift of $50 provides a family of four with fresh meals for one week.
- A gift of $100 feeds an older adult for one month.
- A gift of $500 stocks the bus with 250 pounds of fresh, locally-grown produce.
- A gift of $1,000 provides 20 families with fresh meals for one week.
The Twin Cities Mobile Market is the brainchild of Leah Driscoll and her husband Mike. Making fresh, healthy food accessible to everyone is the couple's passion. At times, both experienced food insecurity as children. As adults, Mike became a "foodie" who is an accomplished home cook, and Leah became a nonprofit program developer.
This powerhouse team wants to ensure that no child or family goes without fresh food because of where they live. Leah researched the issue of food equity and access in urban areas and began to put together her ideas for Twin Cities Mobile Market. With a financial grant and technical assistance from the Colonial Church of Edina through its Innové program, the wheels for Twin Cities Mobile Market were set in motion.
This spring, the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation acquired Twin Cities Mobile Market as part of the Foundation's priority to improve community health and well-being. Leah will serve as the program manager and Mike will be the Mobile Market driver and community educator. With your help, Twin Cities Mobile Market will be up and running this summer!
Help Spread the Word!
If you can't contribute financially but would still like to help, here's how!
- Share this campaign with your networks
- Follow us on Twitter: @TCMobileMarket
- Join us on Facebook
- Join the Twin Cities Mobile Market mailing list to receive updates and invitations to future events
- Tell your friends about the issue of food access
- Sign up to volunteer with the Twin Cities Mobile Market