When low income families can not get access to fresh produce, why not take the produce to them? Entrepreneur Jay Holmes, one of the founders of Market Boxx Community Stores, thought this would be a great idea. So, he started building his first grocery store on wheels in Milwaukee, WI and hopes the idea will catch on in other cities. Access to fresh food is limited in some Milwaukee neighborhoods without full-service grocery stores. Now, a few residents have come up with a plan they call Market Boxx. It would not only bring fresh produce to more people, but also create entrepreneurs, starting in the Sherman Park neighborhood. The project has gotten new energy, since the police killing there of Sylville Smith and the subsequent protests.
Naurice Fitzgerald never thought he’d find himself laying a vinyl floor. However, since joining the team, that’s exactly what he’s doing. The 21-year old is part of a team building a Market Boxx Community store.
Picture a small shed on wheels with windows and vinyl siding.
Inside there’s not much space to move around, but when it’s done, the small mobile store will sell deli items along with fresh fruit and vegetables.
Right now, Fitzgerald says he has a new level of respect for people in the building trades. “It’s easier said and done with a blueprint, you wouldn’t think that. But once you get to doing it yourself, it’s way harder,” he says.
Market Boxx Community Stores have been in the works for years, but Fitzgerald is new to the team. “I want to be able to say I helped build this and I had a part in this because it’s going to go somewhere,” he says. Fitzgerald, never pictured himself as a builder, but he is happy to be on the team. “I want to be able to say I helped build this and I had a part in this because it’s going to go somewhere,” he stated.
He hopes to own his own cart in a couple months. Already, other people in the Milwaukee area have expressed an interest in bringing Market Boxx to their neighborhoods. For more details about Market Boxx Community Stores, follow them on Facebook here
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