Introducing Calgary’s very first ‘grocery store on wheels’
Forget all you know about buses. Done? Good. Now, remember most of it, because you’ll need a basic understanding of buses to understand that Fresh Routes’ new bus service is Calgary’s first mobile grocery store.
The bus will make 60 stops per month all over Calgary and is inviting anyone and everyone to come out and shop.
As reported by CBC, Fresh Routes began in February as an extension of the Leftovers Foundation, which aims to keep food from going to waste.
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Now, Fresh Routes has a bus up-and-running and ready to deliver healthy and affordable groceries to neighbourhoods in Calgary that need them the most.
That means that the produce from Fresh Routes’ bus will be selling at around half the cost of typical market prices. That’s great news for a whole bunch of people who can’t get to grocery stores easily, might be a little short on cash, and still want to eat healthily.
The non-profit has put around $50,000 into the project and aims to launch a similar idea in Edmonton later this week. Instead of a mobile grocery store, however, the Edmonton truck will be hosting grocery pop-ups in a one-ton truck.