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'Green Machine' heads to Mid-South food deserts

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(WMC-TV) - There's a new weapon in the battle against hunger.

It's a mobile supermarket -- and it could be coming to a neighborhood near you.

With all the fanfare of a major launch, Saint Patrick Catholic Church members unveiled a bright green bus.

But it's more than a bus -- it's a new mobile supermarket.

"We're taking it a step further," said St. Patrick Church's Eugene Champion. "We can go into the neighborhoods that are without full service supermarkets."

Church members call the bus the Green Machine. It's been renovated to hold a variety of fruits and vegetables that customers can buy at a reduced price.

Just before the unveiling, church members held a prayer service. Officials explained that the green machine is aimed at taking food to people who don't have a supermarket in their neighborhood and have no way to get to one.

"For the elderly especially, those who gotta to take buses and walk with their shopping carts, its gonna bring (groceries) right to their neighborhood, right to their housing project," Father Tim Sullivan said.

Organizers say there are some 77 low income neighborhoods in the Memphis area -- and you will see this bus at almost all of them.

Church leaders say the Green Machine will also become a teaching tool that helps parents and their children.

"We hope to work with kids and help them learn more about nutrition," Sullivan said.

The Memphis Grizzlies and FedEx are among companies providing financial contributions to the green machine. MATA and Action News Five's Joe Birch are providing technical assistance.

You should see the Green Machine rolling through Memphis neighborhoods in about 3-weeks.

Call 901-543-9924 or email bts1951@yahoo.com for more details.

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