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Mobile food pantry expands free food program at 5 Metro Transit centers

 

ST. LOUIS – Metro Transit and the St. Louis Area Foodbank are expanding the free Food on the Move program this summer. The mobile food pantry will visit five Metro Transit Centers on designated days starting in July.

First Saturday of the month:

10-11:30 a.m. at the Rock Road Transit Center, 7001 St. Charles Rock Road in Pagedale

Also, a longstanding weekday visit to the Rock Road center is moving to the third Tuesday of the month, 3-4:30 p.m., beginning June 21. The mobile food pantry has been serving the Rock Road center for more than a year as part of a pilot program.

Second Saturday of the month:

10 a.m. to noon at the Emerson Park Transit Center, 929 N. 15th Street in East St. Louis

2:30-4 p.m. at the Riverview Transit Center, 9000 Riverview Drive in St. Louis

Third Saturday of the month

10 a.m. to noon at the North Hanley Transit Center, 4300 Hanley Road in St. Louis

2:30-4 p.m. at the Fifth & Missouri Transit Center, 150 N. 6th Street in East St. Louis

The St. Louis Area Foodbank Food on the Move mobile pantry offers transit riders, area residents and visitors fresh, healthy food for themselves and their families, free of charge.

“Our Food on the Move program allows us to provide access to nutritious food for those that otherwise might have difficulty accessing it,” said Meredith Knopp, president and CEO of St. Louis Area Foodbank.

Charles Stewart, Metro Transit Executive Director, cited a need to help people living in “food deserts” – neighborhoods without easy access to fresh, healthy food. He said in a statement: “Metro Transit riders and residents living in the food deserts around these five transit centers … can get free fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods. With inflation driving up food costs and children being out of school for the summer, the free food will help household budgets stretch a little further.”

The Food on the Move mobile pantry is equipped with three refrigerators and can provide fresh and shelf-stable food items. The pantry is accessible by both ramps and stairs. For more information about the Food on The Move program, visit stlfoodbank.org/foodonthemove.

Staff

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