21 Sep '11, 11am

In its previous life, this corner grocery was a shipping container via @grist

In its previous life, this corner grocery was a shipping container via @grist

When it comes to bringing fruits and vegetables to so-called food deserts, mobile distribution efforts have long appeared to be a useful solution. Ever since Oakland's People's Grocery kicked this trend off nearly a decade ago, food justice advocates have been filling school buses , old postal trucks , and ice cream trucks with fresh produce and other less-processed foods to get real sustenance into the hands of those who need it. But when Carrie Ferrence, a then-graduate student at Washington's Bainbridge Graduate Institute, started looking into the preliminary research about existing mobile projects, she found that their limited hours and availability were often leaving customers unfulfilled. "A lot of what people are looking for isn't just intermittent access to good food, it's reliable access to good food," says Ferrence. She and her project partner Jacqueline Gjurgevi...

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