At a time when food prices are soaring out of sight, many neighbors are grateful for the Healthy Harvest Mobile Market (HHMM).
The HHMM — a collaboration between Freestore Foodbank and Anthem — is a grocery store on wheels, giving new meaning to the term “food truck.” A Ford F-350 pickup truck leads the way, hauling a 24-foot trailer that serves as a walk-in store.
The Mobile Market’s shelves are full of nutritious choices, including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables — one of the top reasons for its existence. The HHMM launched in 2016 to bring healthy produce to the many “food deserts” in the Greater Cincinnati area.
A food desert is a neighborhood with no grocery store, leaving residents with limited access to fresh food. One client said that before the HHMM arrived, he had to take two buses to get to a grocery store with a produce section.
Jen and Andrew have been coming to the Mobile Market for six years. They came weekly in their old Walnut Hills neighborhood, but when they lost their lease, they had to move — and worried they wouldn’t have access anymore.
But when they landed on their feet in Avondale, they were thrilled to learn that HHMM makes regular stops there too. (The truck makes its rounds five days a week, stopping at two or three locations every day.)
Jen loves the fresh fruit she gets from the Mobile Market. Andrew does too, but he really likes it for another reason — it saves them money. And that’s really important in a time of rising prices.
Jen and Andrew are just a couple of the many neighbors who benefit from the fresh produce this program provides.
Your support helps keep the Mobile Market on the road, visiting the neighborhoods that need it most. Thank you!