Mobile market brings fresh food to campus on Thursday

The Fresh Picks Mobile Market will be at the corner of Kenwood Blvd. and Maryland Ave. from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, providing an array of fresh and healthy food.

A partnership between Pick ‘n Save stores and Hunger Task Force, the Mobile Market features fast-and-easy fresh foods at low prices – everything is 25 percent off normal retail price. All members of the UWM community, including students, faculty, staff and neighbors are welcome to visit the market.

“About 30 percent of UWM students skip meals or cut the size of their meals due to lack of money for food. Students that live on or near campus and do not own a vehicle may have trouble getting to a grocery store,” said Dakota Crowell, Student Association vice president of student affairs. “This mobile market brings the groceries to them.”

UWM launched an effort this year to assist students who are struggling financially. Called Panther Assist, it includes an emergency grant program and a food pantry run by the Student Association.

The store on wheels carries an inventory of more than 40 seasonal fruits and vegetables, and more than 10 high-demand meat and dairy products. Wisconsin-grown produce, milk, butter, yogurt, ground beef, pork sausage, ham and chicken are some of the products available. The Mobile Market does not sell any canned items, processed foods, snacks, cigarettes, alcohol or paper and household products. Customers may use QUEST (FoodShare), credit or debit cards only. Cash is not accepted.

Pick ‘n Save operates the day-to-day market operations, including inventory, while Hunger Task Force schedules locations and times. UWM is scheduled to host the Mobile Market on the Thursday of the first full week of every month throughout the academic year.

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