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April 15, 2021

Mobile Food Pantry Comes to Rock Road Transit Center on April 19

St. Louis Area Foodbank program will visit the third Monday of the month

Metro Transit is teaming up with St. Louis Area Foodbank to address food insecurity in the region. Over the next year, the St. Louis Area Foodbank will bring its Food on the Move mobile pantry to the Rock Road Transit Center on the third Monday of each month, beginning on Monday, April 19.

The mobile pantry will be available from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Park-Ride lot at the Rock Road Transit Center on these Mondays, allowing transit riders, area residents, and visitors to receive healthy food for themselves and their families, free of charge. The Rock Road Transit Center is located at 7001 St. Charles Rock Road in Pagedale.

“The goal of the Food on the Move Program is to provide nutritious food options for families that have limited access to healthy food and resources. We want to meet residents where they are on a regular basis and eliminate the transportation barriers that lead to food insecurity,” said Meredith Knopp, President and CEO of St. Louis Area Foodbank. “The Rock Road Transit Center is a perfect location and lets us easily serve transit riders and the surrounding community, where healthy food isn’t always easy to find.”

The Food on the Move mobile pantry is equipped with three refrigerators and can provide fresh and shelf-stable food items. The pantry is accessible by both ramps and stairs. Health guidelines to help protect visitors from potential exposure to COVID-19 will be followed, including providing hand sanitizer, frequent cleanings, and monitoring social distancing.

For more information about the Food on The Move program, visit stlfoodbank.org/foodonthemove/.

About Metro Transit
Metro Transit operates the St. Louis region’s public transportation system, which includes more 400 clean-burning diesel buses that serve 68 MetroBus routes in eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois. Metro also operates MetroLink light rail vehicles on 46 miles of track serving 38 stations in the two-state area, and operates Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 123 vans. Metro Transit is a Bi-State Development enterprise.
About Food on the Move
The St. Louis Area Foodbank has been serving the bi-state area for over 40 years. The Foodbank’s vision is a stronger, healthier bi-state region where no one goes to bed hungry. Food On The Move is a direct service program for the Foodbank to reach individuals living in areas of Illinois and Missouri with limited access to healthy food and resources. The goal is to increase access by eliminating transportation barriers on a more regular basis. During this pilot year, the Food On The Move trailer will travel on a designated route in specific zip codes for six months.