Twin Cities Mobile Market Launches 2nd Bus

Twin Cities Mobile Market Launches 2nd Bus


THERE IS ICE COMING AT YOU IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA. TWIN CITIES MOBILE MARKET, FIRST OF ALL THAT’S A THING. SECOND OF ALL, IT IS LAUNCHING A SECOND GROCERY STORE ON WHEELS. IT IS PARKED OUTSIDE OF OUR STATION THIS MORNING. KYLIE IS LIVE OUTSIDE CHECKING IT OUT. Reporter: YOU MENTIONED THIS IS SECOND BUS. I GOT TO ACTUALLY GO ON FIRST BUS THAT COUPLE OF YEARS AGO WHEN IT GOT STARTED. THAT’S WHEN I MET LEE. GOOD MORNING. YOU GOT THIS STARTED A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO. NOW YOU ARE ON BUS NUMBER TWO. CONGRATULATIONS. THANK YOU. IT IS SUPER EXCITING TO BE ABLE TO SERVE MORE NEIGHBORHOODS IN THE TWIN CITIES. THIS IS A FORMER METRO TRANSIT BUS WE CONVERTED INTO A MOBILE GROCERY STORE. WE SELL MEATS AND VEG — VEGETABLES ALL BELOW MARKET PRICES. Reporter: WHERE DO YOU GO WITH THE BUS? WE ARE SERVING 19 LOCATIONS IN ST. PAUL AND WITH THE SECOND BUS 15 LOCATIONS IN MINNEAPOLIS, BROOKLYN PARK AND BROOKLYN CENTER. Reporter: DO THESE AREAS NOT HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOODS. A LOT OF NEIGHBORHOODS IN THE TWIN CITIES ARE CALLED FOOD DESERTS WHICH MEANS THERE ARE NOT A LOT OF GROCERY STORES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. IF YOU DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTH FOOD IT IS HARD TO HAVE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE AND DIETER YET. . Reporter: I GOT TO MEET PEOPLE COMING ON THE BUS. WHAT IS IT LIKE WHEN THEY COME ON THE BUS AND GET ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD? I WOULD SAY THE MOST FULFILLING THING IS TO PULL UP AND HAVE A WHOLE LINE OF PEOPLE WAITING. THEY COME SHOP WITH US EVERY WEEK BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO WAY OF GETTING TO ANY OTHER STORES. IF THEY DIDN’T SHOP WITH THE MOBILE MARKET, IF WE DIDN’T PULL UP, THEY WOULD NOT HAVE ANY CHOICE BUT TO GO AND EAST FAST FOOD. IT IS THOSE THINGS ABOUT PROVIDING HEALTHY FOOD AND MAKING SURE PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD AROUND THE TWIN CITIES. Reporter: IS THERE ANY SPECIAL MEMORY THAT REALLY STICKS OUT? YES, I KNOW FOR A FACT ONE OF OUR CUSTOMERS, IF WE DID NOT COME THERE EVERY WEEK. HE NEVER USED TO EVEN COME OUT OF HIS HOUSE. WITHOUT THE MOBILE MARKET COMING EVERY WEEK WE SHOW HIM A LOT OF LOVE AND CARE. HE LIKES TO SOCIALIZE WITH US. AND ALSO HIM HAVING ACCESS TO THE HEALTH FOOD, HE ONLY SHOPS WITH THE MOBILE MARKET EVERY WEEK. JUST BRINGING THE LOVE AND JOY. Reporter: CHANGING A LIFESTYLE. CONGRATULATIONS. I KNOW BUS NUMBER TWO HAS BEEN IN THE WORKS FOR A LONG TIME. YOU CAN VOLUNTEER ON THE BUS. TWIN CITIES MOBILE MARKET.ORG. Reporter: FANTASTIC. CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN. THIS IS SO COOL. I KNOW YOU ARE IN STUDIO. IF YOU WANT TO POP OVER HERE IT IS FUN TO WALK ON A BUS. YOU COME ALL THE WAY DOWN. THE CASH REGISTER IS AT THE FRESH FOOD IS ON THE WAY TO COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE METRO IN THIS GIANT BUS. THAT’S THE TWIN CITIES MOBILE MARKET PARKED OUTSIDE OF OUR STUDIO. AFTER TWO YEARS OF SERVING ST. PAUL, THE MARKET IS NOW EXPANDING INTO SOME NEW NEIGHBORHOODS. KYLIE BEARSE HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THIS OVER THE YEARS. SHE IS LIVE INSIDE THE BUS THIS MORNING. KYLIE, I JUST LEFT THE STUDIO TO TAKE A LOOK AT AT THE BUS. IT IS LIKE TWO BLOCKS FROM WHERE I AM NOW. I WAS NOT GOING TO MAKE IT. Reporter: THAT’S FAIR. WE’LL GIVE YOU AN INSIDE LOOK. IT IS SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO SEE. THIS IS AN OLD METRO BUS. WE CAN SHOW YOU A SHOT FROM THE ROOF TOP LOOKING DOWN ON THIS BUS. IT IS REALLY COOL TO TAKE A LOOK. THEN TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS INSIDE. THIS IS NUMBER TWO. I’M HAPPY TO HAVE ANN WITH US THIS MORNING. YOU STARTED THIS TWO YEARS AGO. TELL ME ABOUT THE TWIN CITIES MOBILE MARKET. WE ARE THAT NOBLE GROCERY STORE THAT SELLS ONLY HEALTH FOODS. WE GO TO AREAS DESIGNATED AS FOOD DESERTS. THEY ARE NEIGHBORHOODS WITHOUT A GROCERY STORE WHERE LOW- INCOME PEOPLE HAVE A HARDER TIME ACCESSING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. WE GO TO 19 LOCATIONS IN ST. PAUL AND NOW TWO THE SECOND BUS WE ARE SERVING 15 ADDITIONAL STOPS IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA AND BROOKLYN PARK AND BROOKLYN CENTER. Reporter: THIS IS EXCITING. WHEN I MET YOU A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO IT WAS JUST STARTING. WHAT IS IT LIKE TO GET THE SECOND BUS UP AND RUNNING? IT IS AMAZING. WE HEAR A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY IT IS A GOD SEND. IT IS EXCITING TO SEE IT GROW. WE HOPE TO GET TO A POINT WHERE THIS ISN’T A NEED FOR THIS SERVICE BUT WE ARE EXCITED TO HELP PEOPLE WHILE WE CAN. Reporter: WE HAVE A BUS DRIVER HERE. TELL ME ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE. I GOT MEET A COUPLE OF CUSTOMERS. YOU GET TO DO IT EVERY DAY. IT IS A WONDERFUL THING. THE BEST THING IS TO PULL UP IN DESERT AREAS AND SEE THERE IS A NEED TO HAVE A LONG LINE OUT THE DOOR. AND THEY ARE WAITING FOR US TO PULL UP. THAT’S THE BEST THING. Reporter: DO YOU HEAR A LOT OF PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT HOW THEY OTHERWISE WOULD NOT HAVE ACCESS TO FOOD LIKE THIS? YES. THERE ARE A COUPLE CUSTOMERS THAT I KNOW FOR A FACT, WITHOUT THE MOBILE MARKET PULLING UP THEY WOULD NOT HAVE ACCESS TO ANYTHING BUT FAST FOOD. THEY WOULD NOT EVEN COME OUT OF THE HOUSE BECAUSE UNLESS WE COME. THEY LIKE TO SOCIALIZE. THEY COME ON THE BUS. SHOPPING GETS THEM OUT OF THE HOUSE. Reporter: FANTASTIC. WHAT A GREAT JOB TO MEET WITH THEM EVERY SINGLE DAY. CONGRATULATIONS ON THE SECOND BUS. IF PEOPLE WANT TO GET INVOLVED, DONATE OR VOLUNTEER ON THE BUS WHAT IS THE WEBSITE. TWIN CITIES MOBILE MARKET.ORG. Reporter: FANTASTIC. CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN. I LOVE THIS IDEA. NOT ONLY IS ALL OF THIS FOOD HEALTHY IT IS BELOW MARKET COST. IT IS EVEN MORE AFFORDABLE TO GO INTO THESE COMMUNITIES AND

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