Just What the Doctor Ordered: Mobile Farmer’s Market Provides Access to Fresh Produce

Food trucks are everywhere. You’ve probably picked up lunch from one a time or two. For many of us, food trucks are another way to access food conveniently, as they show up outside of our office buildings, and we have a meal at our fingertips. But a different kind of food truck is making waves in St. Louis, Mo. The St. Louis MetroMarket is a non-profit farmer’s market operating with the goal of addressing the issue of food deserts in St. Louis. [...]

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Mobile MetroMarket

The city’s first “fresh” food truck is hitting the city’s streets where it is needed most![...]

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15 of America's Most Incredible Farmers' Markets

You won’t find this farmers market in the same location week in and week out. One of several nationwide efforts to deliver farm-fresh produce to underserved communities, the St. Louis MetroMarket operates out of a refitted city bus, where visitors can find bins of lettuce, squash, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, and apples. Started by a St. Louis University med student, the market promotes its selection by offering discounts and special recipes like sweet potato chili.[...]

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Grocery store in a Metro Bus brings healthy foods to communities that need it most

A bus is helping to break barriers by delivering much needed staples to poor communities in St. Louis that are dealing with health and hunger issues.[...]

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Grocery store on wheels provides fresh food to low-income areas

A growing issue — once a matter rarely discussed — is that many U.S. households are suffering from food insecurities and neighborhoods are plagued with lack of access to healthy and affordable foods.[...]

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This Grocery Store On Wheels Brings Fresh Food To Low-Income Areas

If you live in St. Louis, Missouri, a bus brimming with fresh produce may just turn up in your neighborhood or at your job. The St. Louis MetroMarket is a full-service grocery store on wheels. The bus, dubbed “Turnip1,” is stocked with fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy and bread from local farmers and community gardens. [...]

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A Grocery Store on Wheels is Changing how People can Access Fresh Produce in Food Deserts

New York City might be getting its own floating foraging barge, but in St Louis, they prefer to kick it a little more old school, converting a city bus into the St Louis MetroMarket, a travelling full-service grocery store that also features farmers market goods sourced from local farms and community gardens.[...]

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A Grocery Store on Wheels is Changing how People can Access Fresh Produce in Food Deserts

A retired city bus in St. Louis, Missouri is turning into a mobile farmers market to sell groceries to the city’s food insecure. Known as the St. Louis MetroMarket, this mobile farmers market aims to increase access to healthy foods in low income neighborhoods that don’t have grocery stores, often known as food deserts.[...]

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A Bus and Sliding Prices Help Bring the Same Great Food to Everyone

When a kid visits Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis for the annual well-child checkup, doctors will ask questions that ascertain the child’s level of hunger at home. If food security is found to be an issue, there will be a solution in the form of a bus standing by in the parking lot come mid-May. The doctor will write the patient a prescription for fruits and vegetables that will serve as a coupon aboard the St. Louis MetroMarket, a mini full-service grocery store on wheels.[...]

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Grocery store in a Metro Bus brings healthy foods to communities that need it most

The St. Louis MetroMarket is back for another year. The non-profit mobile farmers’ market works to restore access to healthy, affordable food to St. Louis City urban neighborhoods without ready access to such food, sometimes referred to as "food desserts."[...]

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What I Do: Jeremy Goss of The St. Louis MetroMarket

A year before graduating from med school, Jeremy Goss took a year off to renovate a city bus. Along with Colin Dowling and Tej Azad, Goss founded The St. Louis MetroMarket, a nonprofit mobile farmers market serving St. Louisans living in food deserts. Goss recently turned over executive directorship to the first full-time employee, and he’ll graduate as Dr. Goss when MetroMarket hits the road in May. Here, his plan for tackling barriers to nutritious food in St. Louis.[...]

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Publisher's Perspective

"Dine. Drink and Live Well" has been Sauce's tag line since the magazine was founded in 1999. Life should be this simple, right? But eating well - and therefore living well - is not that simple for a large part of our community. Many lower-income St. Louis residents live in food deserts, where they lack access to quality, affordable groceries. It's a harsh reality[...]

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Farmer’s Market on the Move

JeffVanderLou, a northern St.Louis suburb, is a food desert. With convenience stores meeting the nutritional needs of many area residents, the neighborhood offers little in the way of fresh fruit and vegetables. According to census data, the neighborhood is home to approximately 5,500 residents, with a median household income of $18,617. Its residents have recently suffered from the closing of the neighborhood’s only grocery store, Schnucks on North Grand Boulevard having shuttered in 2014.[...]

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St. Louis MetroMarket will Target Food Deserts

It started with an ambitious idea: Bring nutritious food and wellness services to the heart of communities in St. Louis that need these resources the most, and to deliver those things on wheels. But Jeremy Goss and his two partners, Colin Dowling and Tej Azad, were up for the challenge. "We just grew frustrated with what we were seeing, that there were people who lived in the city -- and every other major city -- who didn't have a grocery store. And that's something that just shouldn't exist at this point," Goss explained.[...]

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Mobile farmers market launches trial run in St. Louis food deserts

An eye-catching retrofitted bus rolled onto an empty lot in St. Louis’ near north side Saturday to offer up fresh produce and the ingredients for sweet potato chili. The visit launched the official start of St. Louis MetroMarket, a mobile farmers market with a mission to increase access and interest in healthy food in neighborhoods that don’t have grocery stores.[...]

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St. Louis MetroMarket's Jeremy Goss Is Bringing Relief to Local Food Deserts

Medical student Jeremy Goss and recent Washington University graduates Tej Azad and Colin Dowling are the co-founders of St. Louis MetroMarket, the area’s first mobile farmers’ market. With the help of a retired Metro bus, the nonprofit seeks to bring healthy food to low-income neighborhoods known as “food deserts” because of their limited access to grocery stores.[...]

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Mobile Farmers Market Passes Out Free Produce From Bus

A retrofitted Metro bus that will serve as a mobile farmers market in the spring made a test run this weekend on St. Louis’ north side. The visit Saturday launched the official start of St. Louis MetroMarket, which aims to increase access to healthy produce in neighborhoods that don’t have grocery stores.[...]

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Jeremy Goss: The St. Louis Metro Market

The St. Louis Metro Market is a non-profit mobile farmer’s market that will serve all St. Louis area food deserts- Communities that lack grocery stores- by providing direct access to fresh, healthy, affordable produce and advocating on issues related to food justice, hunger, and health. Jeremy Goss is in to talk about what it is, what it is about, and whose with him to promote it.[...]

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Addressing Social Determinants of Health: Tackling Food Insecurity in Communities.

In another collaboration, Jeremy Goss, a medical student at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, and two colleagues developed the St. Louis MetroMarket, a nonprofit mobile farmer’s market that takes healthy foods into St. Louis “food deserts.” The group recently acquired a retired city bus that they intend to convert into a roving food dispensary.[...]

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Sprouthood & STL MetroMarket

Ryan Albritton talks the Sprouthood app, Jeremy Goss is behind the St. Louis MetroMarket

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St. Louis Metro Market - A Grocery Store in a Metro Bus!

The St. Louis Metro Market will address food access issues rooted in poverty and racial discrimination. It will run as a business, generating revenue through at-cost sales in low-income neighborhoods and market-rate sales on corporate campuses. Produce supplied by community gardens and sustainable farms will help nourish our Local Food sector, as the bus delivers healthy food to folks in need. Plus cooking demos - and SAMPLES! - will encourage customers to prepare healthy meals.[...]

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Mobile Farmers Market Ready to Roll Soon

This month, Metro donated a bus to St. Louis MetroMarket, a nonprofit created by medical student Jeremy Goss and co-founders Colin Dowling and Tej Azad, both alumni of Washington University. The idea behind St. Louis MetroMarket is to provide a mobile farmers market to carry fruits, vegetables and proteins to areas without ready access to healthy, fresh and affordable food. [...]

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St. Louis MetroMarket Owners Take On the SNAP Challenge: What it takes to live on $4 per day

In an attempt to experience the full depth of food insecurity for millions of Americans, co-founders Jeremy Goss and Colin Dowling have decided to dramatically reduce their grocery budgets in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) challenge.[...]

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St. Louis MetroMarket Owners Take On the SNAP Challenge: What it takes to live on $4 per day

Bridging the gap between food access and affordability is St. Louis MetroMarket, the mobile grocery store that plans to restore St. Louis food security by providing neighborhoods access to fresh, healthy foods in concert with food demonstrations and other educational opportunities.[...]

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Wash. U. grads Fight Food Deserts

In 2013, two Washington University graduates, Colin Dowling and Tej Azad, along with Jeremy Goss, conceived a way to provide healthy and affordable food to St. Louis residents living in food deserts: a farmer’s market on wheels. The MetroMarket, originally a Clinton Global Initiative commitment to action, will take to the streets this summer in the JeffVanderLou community of St. Louis.[...]

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Mobile grocery store rolls into St. Louis food desert this summer

A retrofitted city bus full of fresh local food is slated to roll into the JeffVanderLou neighborhood of north St. Louis this July. The mobile farmers’ market is designed to combat the health problems associated with food deserts by bringing fresh produce, fish, meat and other staples to low-income areas that don’t have grocery stores. The food will be sold on a sliding pay scale. The project is called St. Louis MetroMarket, and it is the brainchild of Washington University graduates Colin Dowling and Tej Azad and medical student Jeremy Goss.[...]

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Four reasons why food trucks could end hunger in low-income areas

What was once a convenient and affordable way of getting a good lunch on the go, the urban food truck seems to have taken a wrong turn somewhere. In the past decade, these restaurants on wheels have been vying for prime spots at college campuses and office suite parking lots, selling everything from transnational tacos to artisanal cupcakes from the sides of their ironically named trucks.[...]

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Creating a rolling fresh food oasis for St. Louis food deserts

If you can’t get people to the grocery –bring the grocery to the people. That’s the basic premise of St. Louis Metro Market – a business concept to bring fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, poultry and staples to areas where free-standing grocery stores are hard to reach or do not exist. Food deserts are found in both urban and rural areas. Families are living in places without easy access grocery stores and supermarkets that stock fresh, healthy and affordable food.

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Mobile Farmer’s Market Hopes to Serve Food Deserts

(KTVI) - You ever heard the term, "food desert"? Those are areas with little or no access to fresh and affordable food. A 2nd-year medical student cooked up a business plan to put fruit and vegetables on wheels to serve the people living in these deserts. Jeremy Goss is the brains behind it and he's competing for $60,000 as part of Dell's Social Innovative Challenge.

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St. Louis University student Jeremy Goss wants to turn a discarded transit bus into a moving farmers' market

Jeremy Goss wants to turn a discarded transit bus into a moving farmers' market. It's a project that's not necessarily trying to jump on the "food truck" bandwagon. Rather, Goss wants to deliver fresh fruits and vegetables -- as well as nutrition education – to underserved urban areas.[...]

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At Global Conference, Students Inspired To Tackle Local Problems

What if you found an old bus, ripped out the interior, and turned it into a farmers market on wheels? You could drive around to each of the 15 food deserts in St. Louis, where there’s limited access to fresh produce, and while you’re at it, give some cooking lessons or hand out nutrition information. Sound like a good idea? [...]

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Jeremy Goss' project to be featured at Clinton Global Initiative

Jeremy Goss, a second-year medical student will be one of five featured at this weekend's conference. It focuses on eliminating so-called "food deserts" which are neighborhoods that don't have a grocery store within a one mile radius. Goss targeted 15 food deserts across the metro area, and he's now working to bring fresh produce to those neighborhoods with his mobile food market.

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