East Baltimore-based Santoni’s Supermarket is providing a shuttle service that will provide free rides to the family-owned grocery store. They’re called “food deserts”, and Baltimore’s Health Department says one in five city residents live in one. That means no access to healthy and affordable food. That’s about to change with a free ride to the grocery store.
A round of applause greeted Santoni’s Supermarket shuttle service. The 13 seat bus will provide free rides to the family-owned grocery store in East Baltimore.
Shoppers can sign up and be picked up in their neighborhood. Santoni’s will transport Baltimore residents to and from Santoni’s, let them do their food shopping and bring them back home. The shuttle will run six days a week, every day but Wednesday. It has 13 seats. have six or seven pick up spots each day. They can service about 465 riders a week.
Residents of Apostolic Towers say their prayers have been answered. Sometimes it’s tough to get to the supermarket and now residences can pick a good day and go.
Twenty percent of Baltimore is considered a food desert, an area that lacks access to healthy and affordable foods. This shuttle is going to be targeting our food desert communities in Baltimore City. It’s about improving the access to healthy and affordable foods within our city, and this shuttle will be able to do that.
Santoni’s says it expects strong demand for this service. In fact, they plan to add two more shuttles in the future.
People are looking for dependable and inexpensive transportation. A taxi service can be 15 or 20 dollars round trip and that money would come out the food budget. With Santoni’s service, seniors and the underserved can expand their food budget and eat healthier.
The supermarket shuttle will run every day but Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. with expanded evening hours possible during the summer.
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Source: CSBlocal.com, 4.1.2013