Rather than simply staying the course with our current food delivery methods amid the Governor’s Stay at Home order, Care and Share decided to take a leap and launch our first Mobile Market. The Mobile Market is like a grocer on wheels, designed to take food directly into neighborhoods that have high concentrations of need.
Care and Share’s Mobile Market, named Sister (after our founder Sister Dominique Pisciotta), took its maiden voyage on May 6, 2020, increasing food access for neighbors who struggle with mobility or transportation. In order to launch quickly, its early deliveries have been pre-packed bags of food designed to be easily carried and limit in-person interaction to abide by social distancing precautions.
Once fully equipped, the Mobile Market will offer a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as pantry staples, where they can be easily accessed. Neighbors will be empowered to choose the type and quantity of food they want from the truck, like they would at a grocery store.
The flexibility of this food delivery model allows Care and Share to respond quickly when crisis emerges. Because the truck is not tied to a specific location and the vehicle can be driven without special licensing, we can activate on short notice and rapidly get food to an area of need.