Former CTA Bus Will Deliver Fresh Produce on Chicago’s South Side

Starting in September, the South Side will join the West Side in getting a bus distributing fresh produce.

A bus loaded with pears, asparagus and other fruits and vegetables soon will start rolling through South Side neighborhoods in a circuit Mayor Rahm Emanuel likened to a healthy ice cream truck route.

The former CTA bus will join one already operating on the West Side by the non-profit organization Fresh Moves. The group aims to bring healthier eats to Chicago’s food deserts, neighborhoods lacking proper grocery stores with produce sections.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture agreed to give Fresh Moves a $70,000 grant to renovate a second bus after the first one proved a hit selling produce during regular appearances at pre-set locations, Emanuel said.

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