Photo series: Fare Food Shopping (2018)
Research has shown that people are more likely to walk, bike or use public transportation to get to their destination—including a grocery store—when conditions are safe and when transportation is accessible and affordable. But all too often, low-income neighborhoods lack grocery stores and people are less likely to own a vehicle. This means thousands of people must walk to the grocery store or rely on public transportation. With this in mind, the Grocery Access Task Force recently took a look at six KCMO bus stops near grocery stores. Working with representatives from Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, the group recommended targeted repairs and improvements that would help residents in underserved/low-vehicle-ownership areas do their grocery shopping by city bus. The recommendations, which include ADA accessibility, crosswalks and safe sidewalks, were submitted to the city manager’s office early this year. KC Healthy Kids’ dietetics interns have created healthy recipes that use affordable, easy-to-carry ingredients. These, along with tips for grocery shopping by bus and links to food assistance programs can be found at https://www.kchealthykids.org/fare-food-shopping/ For our city to thrive, we must make sure everyone has safe sidewalks, crosswalks and bus stops to help them get where they are going. Convened by the Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition, the Grocery Access Task Force consists of nearly 30 experts representing leadership from government, public health, grocery retail, civic, and community and economic development organizations. Together, they have explored barriers to supermarket and grocery store development in underserved neighborhoods.