MONTGOMERY, AL—The YMCA of Greater Montgomery announced the operation of its first-ever food mobile set to begin today. The food mobile, called “The Brown Bag Bus,” will be serving a mission under “Operation: Brown Bag” to provide fresh, healthy meals to our neighbors facing hunger. It will function as a nutrition education and food assistance outreach hub. The bus will boast seating for 30, food distributions, and a kitchen for nutrition education. The kitchen will give instructors the space to teach participants how to prepare food in a healthy fashion.
The YMCA will send its truck to low-income communities and will serve an after-school and weekend need to families providing up to 100 meals each day during the school year. During the summer, the food truck will serve up to 1,000 meals per week.
While the Y already serves 500,000 meals per year through both closed and open feeding sites, the food mobile will travel more widely. The mobile model allows the meals to go to high-need areas, even if there is not a facility able to serve as a feeding site.
“No one should have to be hungry or spend time worrying about their next meal. It is our hope here at the YMCA with the help of community partners, to ensure that every person in our community has access to healthy food, and educated on how to prepare healthy meals for their families,” said YMCA of Greater Montgomery President and CEO, Gary A. Cobbs.
Coca-Cola has agreed to fund the project with a $50,000 grant. As part of the American Beverage Association, Coca-Cola has a long-standing commitment to being part the solution to reducing obesity in America. With their latest project, Balanced Calories Initiative, recently launched in the Montgomery/Lowdnes County areas, the beverage industry will provide consumers with more choices, smaller portions and fewer calories, with the goal of a 20 percent reduction of beverage calories consumed per person nationally by the year 2025.
Matt Flurry, sales center manager for Montgomery Coca-Cola said, “We are proud to join hands with the YMCA of Greater Montgomery as they begin the operation of their first-ever food mobile. As a nutrition education and food outreach hub, the YMCA of Montgomery’s Brown Bag Bus will provide the perfect platform to help us at Coca-Cola, along with the American Beverage Association, further our commitment to combat obesity in our community.”
Cobbs said, “We are extremely grateful to Coca-Cola for their support as we embark on this journey to help our community combat obesity in a big way.”