Mobile grocery store will open soon in Tulsa food deserts

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Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 6/06/2013 10:42 am Published: 6/05/2013 9:29 pm

A cure for Tulsa food deserts, areas that don't have healthy food options available, is around the corner.

A mobile grocery store is almost ready for business. R&G Family Grocers is the name on the side of the mobile store.

It's a convenient affordable alternative that will soon make rounds in some of Tulsa's most under-served neighborhoods.

It's a trailer, and a store. Once or twice a week it will bring milk, eggs, meat and the hope is improved health to North and West Tulsa.

"We'll be taking cash, credit cards, WIC and SNAP," said Katie Plohocky.

Plohocky helped put plans together.

One of the stops will be at 61st and MLK. The nearest grocery store is 5 miles away from that location. The other alternative is a four-hour round trip on the Tulsa Transit.

"Eighteen percent of residents in North Tulsa have no transportation," said Plohocky.
We found out it costs about $150,000 to start the mobile operation.

Plohocky said it's cheaper than constructing an actual building for a grocery store. Ultimately, that is the goal.

"All the grocery stores around here are just little convenience stores and you just buy nothing but junk food in them," said neighbor, Viola Warrior.

Warrior said she spends just as much on gas as she does groceries when she travels across town to get something healthy.

"It's like they don't care about the north side," said Warrior.

The R & G stand for real, and good. A real change from what many living in food deserts have been eating.

"We're not selling potato chips; we're not selling candy or pop," said Plohocky.

The grocery store will open in mid-July.

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