KC Healthy Kids and partners collaborate with RideKC to make grocery shopping by bus easier

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The Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition’s Grocery Access Task Force recommendations include ADA accessibility, crosswalks and safe sidewalks plus tips and resources.

Grocery shop with RideKC

"If you don’t have a reliable car, a trip to the grocery store can be difficult and that can influence what you buy,” says Beth-Low Smith, VP, policy at KC Healthy Kids. “These signs and tools help to put healthy groceries within reach of bus riders."

KC Healthy Kids, in collaboration with RideKC, has pulled together some resources to make grocery shopping by bus easier. The resources include tips for planning meals, planning a trip to a grocery store (a map which indicates grocery stores that are closest to RideKC bus stops and those that offer Double Up Food Bucks), making a list and transit-friendly recipes plus links to food assistance programs.

The Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition’s Grocery Access Task force analyzed eight Kansas City Metro bus stops near grocery stores. At those bus stops, there are signs with tips for grocery shopping with RideKC. The Group worked with representatives from Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, which operates RideKC city buses, to recommend targeted repairs and improvements that would make it easier for people to do their grocery shopping by bus.

“If you don’t have a reliable car, a trip to the grocery store can be difficult and that can influence what you buy,” says Beth-Low Smith, VP, policy at KC Healthy Kids. “These signs and trip planning tools help to put healthy groceries within reach of bus riders,” she adds.

Research has shown that people are more likely to walk, bike or use public transportation to get to their destination, including a grocery store, when conditions are safe and transportation is accessible and affordable.

But many neighborhoods don’t have grocery stores and people living there are less likely to own a vehicle. This means thousands of people must walk to the grocery store or rely on public transportation.

About KC Healthy Kids
KC Healthy Kids rallies the people in our communities to improve access to affordable fresh food and safe places to walk and play. When our neighborhoods support healthy habits, we are less likely to suffer from obesity, which is linked to Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and poor mental health. To make a lasting impact, we shape policies that improve our food system and physical surroundings and ultimately, the places where we live, work, learn and play.
For more information, please visit http://www.kchealthykids.org

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