Mobile food market launch is Saturday

The 45-foot long Anchor Mobile Food Market stands in the Save-A-Lot parking lot in Winfield. It will be used to deliver food to rural Cowley County communities.

The next step in bringing food to far-flung parts of Cowley County will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday when the Save-A-Lot food store launches its Anchor Mobile Food Market in the store parking lot, 1906 E. Ninth Ave., in Winfield.

A RAM 3500 truck will pull a 45-foot long gooseneck trailer filled with groceries, fresh and frozen foods to county communities without food stores. 

The schedule for the truck has not yet been announced. District manager Anita Hadley said they are hoping to announce the schedule by June 1.

Saturday’s celebration offer a wide variety of activities. Jim Allen, CEO of Honor Capital, which owns the Winfield store, will be the main speaker. Other speakers include Sen. Larry Alley; Rep. Ed Trimmer; the mayors of Burden, Dexter and Udall; and Tony Borchers of Honor Capital.

Besides hearing about the plans for the mobile grocery truck, visitors will be able to tour it.

Becky Reid, of Cowley County Extension, will give a cooking demonstration. Winfield Recreation Commission staff will lead people in line dancing and Core de Force to keep them energized at the event. 

The first 100 people to attend the event will receive an insulated shopping bag. Other gifts, including fresh fruit, and other prizes will also be given away. Kids can have fun in the bouncy house and have their faces painted, too.

“Getting healthy food” to people is one of the goals of the whole operation, Hadley said. Bringing healthy food to people living in “food deserts” — areas far from supermarkets or towns without them — is basic to people’s changing their way of eating.

Three groups have partnered to promote the mobile food market: Amerigroup Kansas, a coordinator of Medicaid benefits; Sunflower Foundation; and Cowley First.

Everyone is welcome to attend this celebration.

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