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Everything you need to know about Kroger's mobile grocery store in Louisville

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Everything you need to know about Kroger's mobile grocery store in Louisville

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The Courier Journal's continued coverage of food insecurity in Louisville is supported by the University of Southern California Center for Health Journalism's 2018 National Fellowship.

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Everything you need to know about Kroger's mobile grocery store in Louisville

Kroger's mobile market brings fresh food to Louisville neighborhoods without access

Mobile market brings fresh food to Louisville communities without groceries
Timothy D. Easley/Special to Courier Journal
CourierJournal
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Kroger and Dare to Care have partnered to create a mobile food market, which will travel to Louisville neighborhoods five days each week.

The market's goal is to provide better access to fresh food for people who can't easily get to a store for a number of reasons, including physical disabilities and lack of transportation.

The market has been quietly operating since mid-July and will make 35 stops at 29 locations through the end of August.

Here's what you need to know before visiting:

What is the Zero Hunger Mobile Market?

The mobile market is a single-aisle grocery store that travels among neighborhoods across Louisville.

Its purpose is to provide access to fresh food for residents who can't easily get to a full-service store.

Read this: Kroger's mobile market brings fresh food to Louisville neighborhoods without access

Where can I find it?

Most stops take place at senior centers, schools, low-income apartment complexes and other locations where many people might gather.

The market makes two stops at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each stop lasts two hours.

Find a full schedule at daretocare.org/mobilemarketlou.

What's on board?

The mobile market carries nearly 200 products, including fresh and dry goods. Two refrigerated cases hold meat, milk, eggs and cheese, among other items. A row of shelves contains baking ingredients, pasta, cereal and other pantry staples. A wall displays fruits and vegetables, from mustard greens to clementines.

The market does not sell chips, soda or alcohol.

Read more: How everyone is hurt when grocery stores shut down

Is it handicap accessible?

No. The market has steps in and out of its trailer, which preclude people with wheelchairs from boarding. However, volunteers are available to shop for customers who cannot enter the market.

How much does it cost?

The mobile market operates like any Kroger store, with standard pricing. Customers at the market will automatically receive the Kroger Rewards discount for items on sale.

How can I pay?

The market accepts debit cards, credit cards and EBT. It does not accept cash.

More information

Visit daretocare.org/mobilemarketlou.

See also: Louisville has a fresh food problem. Can we fix it?

[This article was originally published by CourierJournal.]