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Mobile grocery store helps residents living in food deserts

Posted at 5:47 PM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-29 19:16:54-04

TULSA - A local non-profit is doing what they can to help provide food in areas where a grocery store is limited.

“We are just like a grocery store. You walk in, except everything is on aisle one," Katie Plohocky, Executive Director of the Healthy Community Store Initiative, said.

The non-profit Healthy Community Store initiative opened the 44 ft. long mobile grocery store in 2014.

The R & G Family Grocers store makes 15 stops a week to areas located in food deserts or where access to fresh food is difficult.

It served more than 17,000 people last year alone.

Lawrence Hopson visits the grocery store regularly when it stops downtown near his apartment, stocking up on fresh fruits and veggies for the week.

"If that don’t come on Monday, most people won’t have anything to eat," Hopson said.

He said because of mobility issues, many of his neighbors rely entirely upon the traveling grocery store.

Plohocky said about 17 percent of people in Tulsa County do not have a grocery store near them.

It’s why she said they work so hard to keep the store running.

"It makes me feel very happy that we’re able to do this," Plohocky said. "It also makes me really scared because what if something happens and we’re not able to do this anymore?"

To find out the store’s weekly visits, click here.

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