New grocery bus improving access to healthy foods
The closure of Aurora’s only grocery store in 2016 resulted in limited healthy food options locally. Brian Bluhm, from the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency(AEOA) explains, “For many people, one of the biggest barriers to getting healthy food is transportation.”
To make healthy and nutritious foods like fresh fruits and vegetables more accessible to families and seniors in Aurora with limited transportation, Essentia Health, AEOA, the Rutabaga Project and Arrowhead Transit decided to launch a new bus route.
Every Friday, Arrowhead Transit will make a trip from Aurora to Super One in Biwabik and IGA in Hoyt Lakes. The bus will pick up Aurora residents directly from their homes.
“Making a healthy difference means listening to the community” said Tiffany Soderman, who works with patients each day at Essentia Health-Northern Pines. “We heard during focus groups that residents want more access to healthy and fresh foods. This is one of the ways we are trying to meet that need.”
The new bus route will start on Friday. Residents must call 1-800-862-0175 before Friday each week to schedule a ride.