Kansas food truck aimed at ending urban food deserts

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -

A group in Kansas City, Kansas, is getting community members involved in the planning for a mobile food truck designed to bring healthy and affordable food to neighborhoods lacking good grocery stores.

The Dotte Mobile Grocer's Mobile Market Community Council figures getting locals involved in the details means everything to the success of its grocery-store-in-a-food-truck idea.

Kansas News Service reports that across the state, the closing of grocery stores has hollowed out communities and left residents stuck with impractical options for getting the fresh produce, meat and other staples they need to eat well.  Often residents get stuck with overpriced, less healthy offerings from bodegas and convenience stores.

The Dotte Mobile Grocer did a soft launch in November and aims for a full launch in January