What in the world are Grocery Store Buses? Simply, a Grocery Store Bus is just what it sounds like, a grocery store on wheels. The purpose of these buses is to provide food for those people that are in need. These buses will service the people that do not have the means to get back and fourth from a food bank. The idea of food banks is wonderful. We need them and they serve a great service to our society and to the needy. But the problem with most of the food banks is that people who cannot afford food usually do not have the ability to get to the food banks themselves. This is a problem that the Grocery Store Bus program will service.
What do these Grocery Store Buses look like? Provided below is a diagram of what a typical bus will be modeled to look like when finished. In the beginning, we will take an older bus that is in good condition, maybe an old Greyhound bus for instance and refurbish it into a Grocery Store Bus. These buses will provide all types of food items. Really the same thing you can get in a grocery store. There will be both dry storage, refrigerated and frozen foods as well.
When a bus has been located and purchased, it will first be stripped of everything inside making it completely open. These buses will then be transformed into what you see above. Each bus will have refrigerated units both on the main level of the bus along with additional refrigerated and frozen storage in the space provided below the bus, typically where the luggage would have been carried. Along with refrigerated storage there will also be dry storage in both the main level of the bus and the dry storage that will be created under the bus. Below the bus near the back storage areas will be the generator unit. This will consist of two generators. The main generator will be a larger more powerful unit. This generator will be used for general operation. If for some reason the
main generator is not working, then a smaller back up unit will then be utilized. Each generator will be located in the same lower storage area of the Grocery Store Bus.
The main level will look just like a mini grocery store. Each bus will be operated by two individuals. When you first walk into the bus, you will be greeted by the driver who will take your name, check your ID and provide you with your shopping list and shopping bags. The customer will then be able to walk through the bus picking out whatever it is he or she needs for that day. Each customer will be able to pick 15 items per visit. The customer may also pick only two of the same item. Once the customer has completed their shopping they will proceed to the rear of the bus. There will be a check out person that will take the customers shopping list and record all the items the customer has chosen. Once the items have been listed on the shopping list, the customer will sign the shopping list acknowledging what items have been received and a copy will be given to the customer and kept for permanent record keeping for the bus. All items given away need to be carefully tracked and monitored for legal reasons. The Health Department wants each bus to have the ability to know when, where and to whom food items were distributed on any given day. That is why the shopping list is a very important monitoring system that needs to be used with every food bus distribution.
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Thanks to Jim Nordhaugen at Colorado National Speedway, we now have our first bus! Jim has this bus available to us for only $1.500.00.
We are in process of purchasing this bus on payments of $500.00 a month for three months.
Here are the steps in this process.
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