The Chatham Space Transit bus card program connects drivers with reasonably priced, wholesome meals
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Chatham Area Transit Drivers now have a new way to find local, affordable healthy food options across Chatham County.
All 62 Chatham Area Transit buses have bus cards installed with a QR code that, when read with a smartphone camera, instantly connects drivers to nearby healthy eating options.
“The idea behind the bus card program is to create a way to support the nutritional goals we achieved through the REACH grant,” said Armand Turner, program manager for physical activity for the REACH program.
Some of these nutritional destinations include nearby farmers markets, mobile farm trucks, and local mom and pop shops.
The project is funded by the Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah YMCA through grants awarded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2018 REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) program.
“In many cases, the population we want to work with is the low-income African American population who are so often overlooked and are not getting the resources we need to keep us all healthier,” he added.
The aim of the REACH program is to eliminate differences in health outcomes based on race and income in Savannah.
“In this way, we can promote opportunities for healthy people by scanning this QR code and enabling people to have easily accessible food options,” said Eric Curl, communications manager at Chatham Area Transit.
The REACH initiative will follow the feedback behind the bus card program and hopes to expand it in the future.