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Mobile Market Initiative launches in Youngstown

The initiative will bring a bus to different areas of the city to allow people to purchase healthy groceries at a low price. 
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Rose Carter, executive director of ACTION, and Ken Gifford, pastor at Poland United Methodist Church, discuss the launch of the Mobile Maret Initiative in the Mahoning Valley. (Ellen Wagner | Mahoning Matters)

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mobile Market Initiative in the Mahoning Valley launched Tuesday to help bring groceries to the city's most vulnerable people.

The initiative will sponsor a bus to travel to different areas of the city to allow people to purchase healthy groceries at low prices.

“We want to be able to make it as comfortable and convenient ... especially [for] our most vulnerable and handicapped people,” said Rose Carter, executive director of ACTION.

Vicki Vicars, an organizer with ACTION, said the initiative is looking to raise about $500,000. 

Vicars said about $200,000 will be used to purchase the bus, hire someone to manage the bus and to purchase groceries to stock the bus. About $300,000 would be used to create a voucher program so people with economic disadvantages and health issues can purchase food for free from the vehicle. 

The Mobile Market is going to be funded through grants, private donors and individuals in the community

The Mobile Market is expected to open by the beginning of 2022.


Ellen Wagner

About the Author: Ellen Wagner

Ellen Wagner reports on municipal services and budget cuts in Youngstown. She is a corps member with Report for America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms.
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