MILWAUKEE – There are 13 food deserts in Milwaukee, according to the city. This means that the nearest large grocery store in the area is more than 30 minutes away.
The Hunger Task Force is helping to combat this problem with a mobile food market. He travels around Milwaukee County visiting neighborhoods and communities that have limited access to fresh and healthy food.
Local grocer Piggly Wiggly provides a healthy selection of fruits, vegetables, milk (dairy and non-dairy), meat, cheese, yogurt and more at the Mobile Market. The market does not sell canned goods or processed foods.
Shoppers like Wanda Wilson look forward to the once-a-month mobile market stop at her home. She lives in a senior living complex.
Wilson doesn’t drive, so the market that comes to her door makes it a lot easier for her to get groceries.
“It’s easier for me to get enough food in my house to last me a month,” Wilson said.
Sherrie Tussler is the Executive Director of the Hunger Task Force. She said the mobile market has done best in senior public housing and disability housing.
“It makes it easier because the transportation issues can be difficult to get to the grocery store,” Tussler said. “People have to rely on friends and family or pay to get into a store. This way the store comes directly to them.”
With the help of a federal grant, the Hunger Task Force is able to sell all food on board at a 50% discount.
Wilson said she’s always happy to see how much money she can save. She is thankful that shopping like this is an opportunity for her and is already looking forward to next month’s shopping experience.
The market accepts debit cards, credit cards and Quest EBT. Cash is not available or accepted on board.
The Mobile Market makes stops daily Monday through Friday in communities across the city. For the mobile market schedule, click here.