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TMC launches Healthy Harvest Mobile Market

July 23, 2012
Truman Medical Centers (TMC) and the Hospital Hill Economic Development Corporation (HHEDC) have launched the TMC Healthy Harvest Mobile Market.

Truman Medical Centers (TMC) and the Hospital Hill Economic Development Corporation (HHEDC) have launched the TMC Healthy Harvest Mobile Market. This unit will help bring better food choices directly to the people of the Kansas City MO community each week.

“With a scarcity of quality choices for fresh fruits, vegetables, and other healthy items in the urban core of Kansas City, the HHEDC partnered with TMC to bring this first in the region mobile version of our weekly produce market directly to the community,” said John W Bluford, TMC president/chief executive officer.

The TMC Healthy Harvest Mobile Market is a mobile grocery store unit that will travel weekly throughout the urban core bringing residents opportunities to purchase healthy choices such as fresh fruits and vegetables in their community at an affordable cost. The full-size, specially equipped bus will make five stops every Tuesday and Thursday at:

•The Jackson County Courthouse (415 East 12th Street), Tuesday, 9–11 am

•Lucile Bluford Public Library (3050 Prospect Avenue), Tuesday, 12–3 pm

•Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, Thornberry Unit (43rd and Cleveland), Tuesday, 4–6 pm

•Hillcrest Community Center (10401 Hillcrest Road), Thursday, 10 am–1 pm

•Southeast Community Center (4201 E 63rd Street), Thursday, 2–5 pm

In addition to fresh produce and some non-perishable items, education will be a major focus of the Healthy Harvest Mobile Market. Nutritionists and dieticians will help teach customers how to eat healthier and new dishes that can be made from mobile market stock available for purchase.

“Many residents of the urban core battle chronic illness and proper nutrition is a vital part of managing those issues. TMC is the natural partner for the Healthy Harvest Mobile Market concept and is dedicated to bringing healthy eating choices and education to the community they serve,” said Dr Loretta Britton, vice-chair, HHEDC board of directors.

Besides TMC and the HHEDC, the Healthy Harvest Mobile Market was made possible by the support of the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City Power & Light, Menorah Legacy Foundation, Metcalf Bank, JE Dunn, James B Nutter & Company, the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department, and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority.

For more information on the HHEDC, call 816-404-3559 or visit www.hhedc.com. To learn more about TMC, call 816-404-3785 or visit www.trumed.org.

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