A more than $500,000 grant will fund a pilot program for fresh food kiosks at two MetroLink stations in some food-poor locations in the St. Louis area.
According to a press release from Bi-State Development — a non-profit focused on bi-state development — the grant will fund kiosks at the North Hanley and Wellston MetroLink locations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Resource Atlas identified these areas as a part of "food deserts" that lack access to fresh, healthy foods, the press release said.
The goal of these kiosks is to help families without vehicles have an easier way to get fresh, healthy food. The release said between 45 and 70 percent of residents near the North Hanley station do not have cars.
In addition to offering food, the kiosks will partner with the University of Missouri Extension to provide nutrition education. They will offer 36 bi-monthly education sessions led by nutrition specialists.
The kiosks are scheduled to begin operating in 2017.