While each community’s needs are unique, a consistent issue
Live HealthSmart Alabama has found in underserved areas is that these neighborhoods fall within areas that have either limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables or are food deserts.

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According to the USDA, a food desert is a place where one-third of residents live more than one mile from the nearest grocery store. Using this definition and census tracks, the USDA estimates that roughly 19 million people live in a food desert. Click a topic below to see how we plan to use the Mobile Market to help those in our communities.

Shop the Market

Shop the Market
To bring healthy and affordable food to Birmingham residents, Live HealthSmart Alabama has created a Mobile Market—which will run in partnership with P.E.E.R and East Lake Market. Each week, the Mobile Market will visit communities in Birmingham, starting with our demonstration areas (Kingston, East Lake, Bush Hills, and Titusville). Shoppers can purchase proteins, fruits, vegetables, grains, and a variety of other healthy food options using cash, card, EBT, or Double-Up Bucks.

Partnership with Chef Chris Hastings & Cooking Demos

In addition to its weekly route, the Live HealthSmart Alabama Mobile Market will also host monthly evening events in June & July where community members can shop and watch Chef Chris Hastings of Hot & Hot Fish Club, conduct a demonstration using food pulled directly from the market.
 

Check the schedule for June and July below to see when it will be in your neighborhood!

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Print-at-Home Resources

 

Recipe Card: Savory Cabbage Stir-Fry

Recipe Card: Savory Cabbage Stir-Fry

This recipe for the Mobile Market cooking demonstration comes from Chef April Muhammad and is part of the partnership summer series with Chris Hastings of Hot & Hot Fish Club—featuring locals chefs teaching attendees how to make healhy meals using food pulled directly from the mobile market!

 




Recipe Card: Summer Succotash

Recipe Card: Summer Succotash

Every week, the mobile market hosts evening hours in one of the participating neighborhoods. During these special events, cooking demos, hosted in partnership with Chris Hastings of Hot & Hot Fish Club, features locals chefs teaching attendees how to make healhy meals using food pulled directly from the mobile market!