The Greater Racine Food Council will launch on May 4 a new grocery store transportation service called Grocery Getter, in our community. The volunteer-run service aims to provide free transportation to those who struggle to get to a full-service grocery store.
Grocery Getter will transport people to and from two of Racine’s Piggly Wiggly stores from a centralized location — Downtown’s Hospitality Center, 614 Main St. — on the first and third Thursday of each month. Departures are scheduled at 8:30 a.m. for a ride to the Washington Avenue Piggly Wiggly and at 9 a.m. to the Durand Avenue store. Advance sign-up is required to reserve a seat in the van and can be done in person at the Hospitality Center or by calling 262-853-2886.
Seats will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, and the initial runs will be made using a van from the Volunteer Center of Racine County’s MyRide service, which can accommodate seven riders per trip. As the program continues, organizers will monitor the need for the service and add vans, as necessary, according to Amy Macemon, a nutrition educator with the UW-Extension’s FoodWise program, who serves on the GRFC.
The basic goal of the new service is to provide better access to nutritious and affordable food for people living in food deserts. And Grocery Getter is just one way that the Greater Racine Food Council is working to help connect people with food sources.
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