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We'll bring the WHOLE store to you!

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Mobile Grocery stores can help serve an entire block or entire community quickly and easily. Reducing traffic from individual grocery deliveries and individuals taking trips to/from the store by offering a full selection of groceries street-side, 3 times a day. 

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

In certain communities the food bank would come TO them not the other way around. Often times these people are the ones that need the most help and sometimes cant afford even public transportation to get to the store and back. This will allow them to simply walk to the nearest corner or even out their front door, pluck items from the shelf and walk back into their home. QUICK, EASY, AND FREE. In other communities, we can help the elderly residents that aren't able to drive to the store and even the soccer mom or dad who just doesn't have the time to get to/from the market each day. This will also allow us to offer FRESH fruit and veggies multiple times each day so kids and families are able to cook and enjoy healthy, fresh ingredients easily with EACH meal. No more fast food. No more frozen, processed meals. Fresh, local ingredients to your door for EACH meal!

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Just a man with an idea.

Size of your team or organization

  • I am submitting as an individual

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

We would like to being working with the YMCA and their food delivery programs they currently have in place. Meals on Wheels and Kid's Food Basket may be good partners for something like this as well. While the food pantry aspect of this wont generate money (other than maybe food stamp revenue) we expect the other end of this would generate revenue by providing a convenience to the parents that are too busy getting kids from A to B to shop for fresh ingredients.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

Are the "less fortunate" using the items being made available to them? Are the "more fortunate" buying items regularly and consistently to generate a profit to sustain this business?


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Photo of Elianna Bootzin

I would definitely love to see the YMCA veggie van (which offers food for purchase, including using Bridge cards) reach expanded - the hours are limited even if a new site can jump through all of the hoops needed to get a regular stop added. Feeding America West Michigan has a robust mobile food pantry operation ( with dozens of church and charity partners in and around Grand Rapids designed to serve 100+ families (agencies pay a handling fee, while food must be free to the ultimate recipient). (Full disclosure, I previously worked there for 7 years.) Figuring out how to effectively serve 50 or fewer families has been a hurdle that it seems there may have been some recent progress towards solving through tracking attendance and other metrics. Keep in mind food safety is an important consideration in this endeavor. I have also seen Fresh Moves (converted bus) in Chicago. Happy to chat more, this is an area I know quite a lot about.

Photo of Aaron Smith

Thanks Elianna! Love the knowledge and feedback! Let's hope our idea is able to move forward! We will be reaching out if so.

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