Mobile grocery store to launch in Nauvoo Wednesday

By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 8/6/17

A new mobile grocery store is launching Wednesday, Aug. 9, in Nauvoo in an effort to help small communities that lack easy access to a grocery store.

The Corner Market, a project from the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama and its partners, …

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Mobile grocery store to launch in Nauvoo Wednesday

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A new mobile grocery store is launching Wednesday, Aug. 9, in Nauvoo in an effort to help small communities that lack easy access to a grocery store.

The Corner Market, a project from the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama and its partners, is a 24-foot trailer designed as a one-aisle grocery store and will offer fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, dairy and dry goods at affordable prices.

It will have a grand opening Wednesday from 9 until 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Nauvoo Road and Third Street.

“Last year, the Community Food Bank and the Walker Area Community Foundation hosted a series of community meetings about healthy food access and what would help improve healthy food access in smaller towns, like Nauvoo,” Kathryn Strickland, executive director of the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, said of how the mobile grocery came about.

“Overwhelmingly, residents said they wanted a grocery store,” she continued. “So we brainstormed and realized that we could probably start a mobile grocery store on wheels that could travel to towns like Nauvoo that don’t have a full-service grocery store in the community borders.”

The mobile grocery store will return to Nauvoo on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

Strickland said that because this is a pilot program, they’re still working to build the routes that grocery store will take in order to visit other towns without a full-service grocery store.

She added that she expects the store will have one route that hits Walker, Winston and the outskirts of Jefferson counties and that they’re building a second route that will go to Calhoun and St. Clair counties on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. However, that route won’t launch until next year.

“Many residents in Alabama face diet-related diseases and we want to do our part to ensure everyone has access to health food choices so they can lead healthy, active lives,” Strickland said. “It’s open to absolutely everyone and we’re offering healthy items at very low prices, because our whole aim to make healthy food affordable and accessible.”

All proceeds from the Corner Market will be used to replenish food supplies and add stops in more communities in need.

The project is funded through grants from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Appalachian Regional Commission, Walker Area Community Foundation, Publix Super Markets Charities and Junior League of Birmingham, among several other organizations.

“Everyone just really rallied around this idea and we’re very excited to be a part of something that will help give access to healthy food choices to more residents,” Strickland said. “We’re appreciative of the overwhelming community support and are looking forward to the grand opening. I think people will be really surprised how spacious the one-aisle grocery store is and that there can even be a mobile grocery store.”