Mobile Grocery Store Aimed at Promoting Healthier Lifestyle

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(Memphis) A group is working to make sure Memphians have better access to healthy lives. But this project isn’t starting at a doctor’s office. It’s starting with a mobile grocery store.

Aniket Rali, a 4th year medical student at the University of Tennessee noticed many of his patients were developing lifelong illnesses like hypertension, diabetes and obesity. He says illnesses could be prevented if they just ate right. It prompted him to start up the Memphis Mobile Market, which is actually a clone of a similar project that`s been going on in Nashville for two years.

“The effects of the food truck will not be seen in 6 months to year. It’s going to take 5 to 10 years to really change the culture of the community,” said Rali.

The hope is people in the Frayser, North Memphis and Northaven areas will adopt a new diet.

The Memphis Mobile Market will roll through town and set up shop at 5 different locations. The only definite one right now if the Ed Rice Community Center on North Watkins.
The group setting up the moving grocery store says people in the area are having a hard time accessing the right foods, even though they live in the city.

“One lady said it takes 20 dollars for her to get to the grocery store,” said Johnnie Hatton with the Memphis Mobile Market.

The market isn't expected to launch until this spring. Right now, volunteers are hammering out the details. They are making sure they have enough volunteers working so the store can provide the fresh fruits and veggies at a fraction of the cost. The market will also teach families how to prepare the meals in healthy ways.

“In our community we have a history of taking good food and putting stuff on it to make it bad food,” said Pastor Michael Ellis.

The Memphis Mobile Market needs some financial help getting off the ground. If you would like to help, click here.