The FoodShare Truck is a new project that aims to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income families living in Toronto's food deserts. The project not only aims to give people greater access to fresh food, but it also makes these kinds of foods more affordable.
The FoodShare Truck is part of the Mobile Good Food Market Initiative, which falls under the Toronto Public Health Project. The truck itself is an old Wheel-Trans bus that has been converted into a mobile farmers market selling fresh fruits and vegetables at discount prices. Once stocked up, the bus travels to neighborhoods in the city that lack access to fresh food. The goal is to help residents in these particular areas improve their nutrition and avoid issues such as obesity, malnutrition and other chronic health issues stemming from a poor diet.
The initiative demonstrates how food trucks can be retrofitted to meet community needs.