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Green Machine Mobile Food Market Will Be Dedicated May 5

For release: May 2, 2013
For press information, contact Dr. Kenneth Reardon, 607-275-7402

The Green Machine Mobile Food Market will be dedicated and unveiled Sunday, May 5, at 12:30 p.m. at Saint Patrick Church at the corner of Pontotoc and S. Fourth Street.

One of the most serious problems confronting poor and working-class Memphians is the lack of easy access to high quality, competitively priced fruits and vegetables in the city’s older residential communities.

For the past 18 months, a group of community leaders from Saint Patrick Community Outreach Inc. and the Vance Avenue Collaborative, with the assistance of MATA, Healthy Memphis Common Table and the University of Memphis Graduate Program in City and Regional Planning, have been working to transform a retired city bus into a mobile market and nutrition/wellness education center.

This 45-foot bus will visit 15 facilities in low-income communities each week where residents lack access to healthy foods. The bus also features a nutrition and health education corner designed to provide customers with the latest available information regarding the relationship between good nutrition and family health.

Following a short program designed to introduce the bus, participants will return to the front of the church across from FedExForum where the Green Machine will be unveiled, blessed and available for tours.

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