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Grocery Getter Program Launch!

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.



Greater Racine Food Council

About us 

Greater Racine Food Council was established June 2016 with a leader, steering committee, plenary council with teams to work on various areas of concern. The small group discussion results from the Pathways to Sustainability meeting centered on the issues of food justice, education, and security.

The Food Council wants to address food deserts and promote healthy living for all; inventory and map all food related services in greater Racine; find creative ways to bring accessibility of fresh fruits and vegetables to food deserts; support the GGR Schools Initiative  in bringing in the 3rd and 6th grades health curriculum; encourage new programs like Mayor Dickert’s “Parks to Produce” and Jonathan Delagrave “Work Force Green Space” which promotes free food; find ways to distribute food surplus and to compost food waste. 


Racine County’s Food Resource Guide

The Greater Racine Food Council compiled an extensive food resource pamphlet in which Racine offers. Click the DOWNLOAD button to get the full pamplet. This pamplet offers general state information (ie. Food Share, WIC – provisions for women and children), farmer’s markets that accept Food Share or other benefit programs, nutritional information, holiday food baskets, and community meals and gardens.

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