Nashville Mobile Market to shut down unless new organization steps up to the plate

The Nashville Mobile Market, a healthy grocery store on wheels that travels to food deserts around town, is in danger of shutting down in a month and a half.  The organization that runs it, Community Food Advocates, is ceasing operations at the end of April.

The non-profit is hoping that another organization will take the reigns of the Mobile Market, which sells fresh produce and other healthy food to Nashvillians who don’t have access to a quality grocery store in their neighborhood.  Nearly 500 people across the city are served by the market in a trailer.  Jilah Kalil, Executive Director of CFA, told the Nashville Banner,

“The need has never been greater.  We are hoping another non-profit or community agency is willing to take on the Mobile Market, including staff and grants, so it can continue the work it is doing.”

The brainchild of Vanderbilt Medical School student Ravi Patel, the market was started with the help of some of his classmates in 2010.  The initiative was taken over by Community Food Advocates in 2014.

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