About Farm Truck Foods
Farm Truck Foods, an idea that started as a graduate school project by students out of Carlow and Chatham, is bringing fresh, healthy foods to underserved communities on July 6.
Meredith Neel-Jurinko, Michelle Lagree and Landon DePaulo, the brainpower behind Farm Truck Foods, will purchase goods from local farmers and vendors and resell them in different neighborhoods each weekday. This farmers market-esque idea will provide fresh foods to people who otherwise wouldn’t have access to it.
The truck will accept cash, debit or credit cards, and SNAP/EBT Cards to ensure everyone is able to purchase goods.
Fruits, vegetables, dairy products, eggs, breads and grains, herbs, meats, and other foods will be offered at each location. The truck, outfitted with solar panels to run the refrigeration and freezers, will keep the food cool and fresh during the team’s travels.
The schedule for Farm Truck Foods throughout the week is as follows:
- York Commons, 4003 Penn Ave. in Lawrenceville, 2-3:30 p.m.
- Homewood-Brushton YMCA, 7140 Bennett St. in Homewood, 4:30-7 p.m.
- Daily Mart, 1125 Arlington Ave. in Allentown, 4:30-7 p.m.
- Element Church, 205 North Ave. in Millvale, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
- 4812 Second Ave. in Hazelwood, 11a.m.-1 p.m.
- Kingsley Association, 6435 Frankstown Ave. in Larimer, 5-7 p.m.
- Crafton Plaza Senior High Rise, 35 East Crafton Ave. in Crafton, 12:30-2 p.m.
- Behind Eat’n Park, 301 Chartiers Ave. in McKees Rocks, 3-6 p.m.
To see any of these locations on a map, visit the Farm Truck Foods Locations page and click “Map It” below the desired area. Farm Truck Foods hopes to make weekend stops in the near future!
Farm Truck Foods was made possible two years ago by a grant from Idea Foundry when Neel-Jurinko and Lagree from Carlow and DePaulo from Chatham first combined their ideas into one organization. Later, Neighborhood Allies awarded the team a substantial grant that allowed Farm Truck Foods to become a reality.
About Neighborhood Allies
Neighborhood Allies envisions a city with “healthy, thriving, resilient, livable neighborhoods” where all citizens have equal access to education, jobs, and healthcare.
Neighborhood Allies worked under the name Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development (PPND) for 30 years before relaunching under its new name in 2014.
Neighborhood Allies works towards this goal by connecting people with low to moderate incomes in distressed communities with valued resources in an attempt to build and support sustainable neighborhoods. The organization partners with other community, philanthropic, and public entities that have similar goals.
About Idea Foundry
Idea Foundry is an innovation acceleration and commercialization organization that helps create high-potential, innovative jobs in Pittsburgh. The organization focuses on forming successful companies in the fields of healthcare & life sciences, entertainment & education, social enterprise, and water.