Flint Area Ride to Groceries Program Makes Getting Healthy Food Possible

Cheetos and Dr. Pepper, while a delightfully junky treat, are hardly a healthy meal. But if you’re shopping at a gas station or convenience store, the choices may not get much better. Sadly, many Americans live in food deserts, far from grocery stores or farmer’s markets where they can buy more nutritious fare. And many people lack transportation to get to them.

The average quick stop’s meager fare usually includes one shelf of basics. You might find high-sodium canned food, sugary cereals, and low-fiber white bread or pasta. And there may be a small selection of milk and cheese in the fridge.

That means, instead of fresh fruits and veggies, whole grain foods and healthy protein like fish, chicken and beans, they’re eating mostly processed foods. And a diet high in processed foods, full of sugar, salt and fat, can cause or contribute to a long list of health problems. These include obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Healthy eating is crucial to good health. And HAP is committed to helping Michigan residents get healthier. So we are thrilled to partner with the Flint Mass Transit Authority on Ride to Groceries. The program offers low cost transportation to full-service grocery stores.

For $1.75 one way, a Flint area resident can catch a shuttle to Kroger or Walmart. The cost is only eight-five cents for ADA or reduced fare eligible residents. The Flint MTA website has routes and details.

Residents can also get a ride directly from home. The cost is $3.50 each way for a ride on a colorful HAP-branded Ride to Groceries shuttle. Seniors and people with disabilities pay $2.25 each way. And there is no limit to the amount of groceries riders can stow on the vans’ convenient racks.

The service covers Clio, Davison, Fenton, eastern and western Flint, Flushing, Grand Blanc, Mt. Morris, Otisville and Swartz Creek. And call centers are open to request home service Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sundays 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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