For release: May 2, 2013
For press information, contact Dr. Kenneth Reardon, 607-275-7402
The Green Machine Mobile Food Market will be dedicated and unveiled Sunday, May 5,
at 12:30 p.m. at Saint Patrick Church at the corner of Pontotoc and S. Fourth Street.
One of the most serious problems confronting poor and working-class Memphians is the
lack of easy access to high quality, competitively priced fruits and vegetables in
the city’s older residential communities.
For the past 18 months, a group of community leaders from Saint Patrick Community
Outreach Inc. and the Vance Avenue Collaborative, with the assistance of MATA, Healthy
Memphis Common Table and the University of Memphis Graduate Program in City and Regional
Planning, have been working to transform a retired city bus into a mobile market and
nutrition/wellness education center.
This 45-foot bus will visit 15 facilities in low-income communities each week where
residents lack access to healthy foods. The bus also features a nutrition and health
education corner designed to provide customers with the latest available information
regarding the relationship between good nutrition and family health.
Following a short program designed to introduce the bus, participants will return
to the front of the church across from FedExForum where the Green Machine will be
unveiled, blessed and available for tours.