A Mobile Food Vehicle (Mobile Market) will bring healthy foods into food insecure areas of Columbus, with some being given away for free and some being available for purchase. Any of these whole foods purchased with SNAP funds, will be at half cost. This Mobile Market will be equipped to give cooking demonstrations to citizens, to help citizens prepare healthy foods meals. In addition, whole food meal packs with all necessary ingredients for a family meal will be packaged and available for distribution with instructions on how to prepare and cook the meal included (similar to the Hello Fresh or Blue Apron models). The goal is to have two Mobile Market Vehicles in Columbus to sufficiently meet the needs of the community. The non-profit organization, The Food Mill, operates the Mobile Market vehicle(s).
Mobile Health Clinic
A Mobile Health Clinic (MHC) will conduct screenings and initial tests to identify underlying health issues needing to be addressed. A specific focus will be given to identifying patients with uncontrolled chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and hypertension. Citizens who are not currently under the supervision of a primary care provider will be assisted by a case/social worker who will connect them with needed resources such as obtaining health insurance, transportation, or medicine assistance. The goal will be to help citizens overcome any obstacles keeping them from regularly seeing a primary care provider who can help them manage chronic illnesses so that negative outcomes (MI, Stroke, Cancer, etc.) will be avoided or deterred much longer. Piedmont Columbus Regional operates the Mobile Health Clinic(s).
Rollin' Rec Mobile
A Mobile Recreation Vehicle (Rollin' Rec Mobile) will go out into the community to engage citizens (primarily children ages K5 to 8th grade and their families) with fun activities to promote a more active lifestyle. The Rollin' Rec Mobile will partner with the Columbus Police Department and the Muscogee Sherriff's office with officers who will go out into the community to participate in these activities with children and their families. In addition to improving health by promoting a more active lifestyle, the Rollin' Rec Mobile will also promote positive relationships between these communities and law enforcement, by promoting healthy and positive relationships among neighbors, citizens, and law enforcement. Columbus Parks and Rec operates the Rollin' Rec Mobile.