Nutritionists from the University of Missouri Extension will be presenting food demonstrations later this week at two Metro transit center locations as part of the recently launched Link Market fresh food kiosk program’s focus on nutrition and healthy food options. Weather permitting, these food demonstrations will occur at the Link Markets from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday (January 25) at the Wellston Transit Center and from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday (January 26) at the North Hanley Transit Center. The Wellston Transit Center is located 6402 Plymouth Avenue in Wellston, and the North Hanley Transit Center is located in Berkeley at 4398 Hanley Road.
The monthly food demonstrations focus on creating healthy foods or drinks using fresh fruits and vegetables available for purchase at the Link Market. Free samples of the monthly recipe are offered at the conclusion of each demonstration.
University of Missouri Extension nutritionists provide the monthly education sessions at the Wellston and North Hanley Transit Centers, weather permitting. Transit riders, residents and other interested individuals can ask questions and learn more about food nutrition, healthy eating, and how to incorporate fruits and vegetables into their meals — even on tight budgets.
The new Link Market food kiosks at the North Hanley and Wellston Transit Centers offer fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy food staples for purchase. In response to customer requests, the Link Markets have adjusted the days and hours of operation. Effective immediately, the Link Markets are now open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are closed on Saturday and Sunday.
The Link Market food kiosk pilot program is the result of a partnership with the Bi-State Development Research Institute, a non-profit enterprise of Bi-State Development, and the Missouri Foundation for Health, which is funding the program through a $584,000 grant. More information about The Link Market can be found at www.linkmarket.org.
Metro is the operator of the St. Louis region’s public transportation system, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; approximately 400 vehicle MetroBus fleet that operates on 83 MetroBus routes in Missouri and Illinois; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 122 vans. Metro is an enterprise of Bi-State Development (BSD), which also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport, the Bi-State Development Research Institute, the Gateway Arch Riverboats, and operates the Gateway Arch Trams and Revenue Collections Center. BSD also operates the St. Louis Regional Freightway.