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“Heard It First From The Mayor” RVA Shoppers Shuttle

I am proud to announce that I have extended and expanded the pilot program RVA Shoppers Shuttle, the monthly grocery shuttle offering transportation for Richmond residents to local grocery stores. This courtesy service is being piloted for residents in areas of the city considered to be in food deserts – areas without access to healthy, nutritional, fresh food.

The original pilot program was slated to run for six months and serve the communities of Hillside Court, Fay Tower, Creighton Court, Fairfield, Mosby and Whitcomb. I’ve called for RVA Shoppers Shuttle pilot period to be extended for another six months and expanded the service area to include six locations in the city’s Fulton neighborhood.

Providing access to healthy and fresh food options ties right in with the City’s healthy lifestyle focus, and based on the feedback that we’ve gotten over the first few months of this pilot, additional time to track results and measure interest will help us to determine the best course of action for the future.

The RVA Shoppers’ Shuttle is scheduled to run on the second and fourth of each month. In the event the second or fourth of a month falls on a Sunday, the 10 a.m. shuttle will not run that day. Upon completion of the extended pilot timeline, we will assess the program’s usefulness and sustainability.

A transportation support system is one of the preliminary recommendations of my Food Policy Task Force. This is a recommendation that we can act on right away as helping city residents access healthy and fresh food options ties right in with my administration’s healthy lifestyle focus.

For a detailed RVA Shoppers Shuttle schedule, please visit  www.Richmondgov.com

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