Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced the creation of a free, pilot grocery shuttle service in the Turner Station community in Southeast Baltimore County.
The service, which will operate through the Baltimore County Department of Public Works and Transportation’s CountyRide, was developed in response to community feedback regarding the lack of food access for residents without immediate access to transportation.
“Every resident in every community deserves access to fresh, healthy foods,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “As our administration continues to explore every opportunity to expand healthy food access across Baltimore County, this pilot is a common-sense way to strengthen our communities for residents in need.”
According to a County press release:
Residents can catch the shuttle on Mondays and Fridays at 10:00 a.m. at the following locations:
- Baltimore County Fleming Senior Center, 641 Main Street, Dundalk, MD 21222
- The Greens at Logan Field, 3455 Dundalk Avenue, Dundalk, MD 21222
Participants will be delivered to a nearby grocery store and returned after their shopping is complete. Participants living within a 2-mile radius of the Fleming Center may be dropped off at their homes. Participants picked up at The Greens at Logan Field will be returned to that location.
On Mondays, the shuttle’s destination will be Giant Food at 1400 Merritt Blvd, Dundalk, MD 21222.
On Fridays, the shuttle’s destination will be Aldi on 1401, Merritt Blvd, Dundalk, MD 21222.
To ensure enough space for all participants, shoppers will be limited to two bags or parcels or one pull-along cart on the bus. Participants are responsible for handling their own bags or parcels.
Riders must register with CountyRide to participate. To learn more, residents may also call 410-887-8287.
Based on the success of the Turner Station grocery access pilot, Baltimore County may look to expand this model in Turner Station or other communities.