Starting on Thursday, May 2, St. Louis MetroMarket will visit the Lewis & Clark Branch of the St. Louis County Library every Thursday from 2-4 p.m. offering fresh, affordable produce, along with recipe ideas and meal planning assistance.
The kick-off event on Thursday, May 2 will feature cooking demonstrations by Red Circle, including a make-your-own salad bar; a chance to win $500 vouchers from MissouriCare; and a visit from the People’s Health Center mobile clinic, which provides free insurance education, blood pressure screenings, eye exams and behavioral health information.
According to the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, over 700,000 people across the Metro St. Louis region are low income and do not have access to fresh food within a half mile of home.
Last year the Lewis & Clark Branch was the busiest stop for St. Louis MetroMarket, which visits locations throughout St. Louis County and city. More than 3,500 people were fed by the 8,500 pounds of fresh food sold at the branch in 2018.
“We’re happy to partner with St. Louis MetroMarket to address food insecurity in our region,” Library Director Kristen Sorth said.
“Visits by the MetroMarket will be a convenient way for individuals and families to pick-up healthy food after their visit to the library. Parents can pick up books and other library materials, then visit the mobile grocery store to buy healthy produce and get recipe ideas. Helping patrons access healthy food options contributes to the overall success and well-being of our communities.”
The partnership with St. Louis MetroMarket compliments other efforts by SLCL to combat food insecurity – including the free summer lunch program, which starts June 3 at nine branches.
St. Louis MetroMarket is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit mobile farmers’ market whose goal is to restore access to healthy, affordable food to St. Louis City food deserts. Launched in 2013, the organization converted a donated city bus into a grocery store on wheels with a goal of bridging the physical, financial, and educational barriers in food deserts by supplying healthy foods in low-income, high need communities.
The Lewis & Clark Branch is located at 9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd in Moline Acres.