R and G Family Grocer knows that there are still many parts of Tulsa that do not have substantial access to fresh fruit, vegetables or quality grocery stores. These food deserts are a very common problem all over Oklahoma.
The state is constantly ranked in the top-ten of “United States most obese states” and grocers and dietitians everywhere are on the front lines of the movement to provide healthy food.
The parts of town that need the most attention are the downtown and northern sides of Tulsa. With no major grocery store chains willing to build in these neighborhoods, the residents of the places either travel out of the way, or wait for guys like Scott Smith to come around parts of Tulsa that need help the most.
Smith runs the Real Good Food Mobile Food Pantry truck. Pulling a utility trailer behind his truck, Smith houses a multitude of grocery items. The trailer has been outfitted with two refrigerators so that residents can enjoy things like milk, yogurts, butter, and even ice cream.
Every Wednesday the pantry stops by the Eastside parking lot of Tulsa Community College’s (TCC) Northeast Campus. This location is a great hub for students and surrounding residents to utilize the truck as his or her own grocery store.
Students are urged to try to prepared meals that the truck has to offer. Items like chicken salad sandwiches are usually the first to go. Smith says that on a weekly basis he has to make about 17 pounds of the chicken salad to keep up with demands.
These are many items in the pantry that lend themselves to healthier food options Popular pre-prepared items in the pantry are the tuna salad sandwich with cantaloupe and coleslaw, a pulled pork sandwich with chips and hummus, chicken mushroom stroganoff, and a pineapple chutney trout with Asians grains and mixed veggies.
Smith says that he tries to hit areas that he knows have residents that might have a tough time getting to places with healthy food options. The truck stops by Crestview Senior Community every Wednesday afternoon.
When asked about the community’s favorite item in the pantry, Smith said that the prepared meals and fresh fruits and vegetables were at the top of the list.
“People just do not have access to places that have [fruits and vegetables] available.”
The Mobile Food Pantry accepts SNAP EBT cards, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program cards, and Osage WIC produce coupons. Be on the lookout for Smith and his truck to take advantage of this convenient opportunity.
Visit Tulsa Real Good Food’s website today for more information!