While hunger relief remains vital, our distribution of affordable groceries to communities that lack grocery stores is meeting an urgent need for a large segment of people who have some income for food, but no convenient way to shop for it.
The Twin Cities Mobile Market (TCMM) – currently located on two retrofitted city buses – delivers fresh, culturally connected, and affordable groceries to 23 sites in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Customers deeply value the access to affordable groceries that TCMM delivers.
Our buses are over 20 years old and ready to retire. Our labor-intensive system of restocking the bus is inefficient, unsustainable, and limits our potential to grow the impact of TCMM. But our customers depend on us to keep going.
The Food Group has identified the need to purchase two new, propane-powered school buses and add a drive-in area in our warehouse for indoor parking and more efficient loading/unloading. The total estimated cost is $1,705,000. As of August, we have about $440,000 remaining to reach our goal.
This project will ensure our ability to continue offering reliable service to our existing and future sites. This project will be greener and more sustainable, and most importantly, will increase access to healthy, affordable, and culturally familiar foods for households across our community.