Fare Food Shopping

Thousands of people in Kansas City rely on public transportation for grocery shopping. That’s why the Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition’s Grocery Access Task Force is working with representatives from Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, which operates RideKC city busses, to recommend targeted repairs and improvements that would make it easier for people to do their grocery shopping by city bus. The recommendations include ADA accessibility, crosswalks and safe sidewalks.

Look for these signs in English and in Spanish with tips for grocery shopping with RideKC. Here are some more resources to make that trip even easier.

New Report Published!
Better by Bus highlights key results and outlines the steps policy makers, grocers and community members can take to make it easier. Between 2016 and 2018, KC Healthy Kids and participants in the Greater KC Food Policy Coalition took a close look at the barriers and challenges riders face when grocery shopping by bus.

Plan Your Trip
Find metro grocery stores near you. This map will tell you which ones are closest to RideKC stops and which ones offer Double Up Food Bucks and accept SNAP and WIC.

Check the Map

Save money with a Day Pass
If you board at least three times in one day, you can save money with the Day Pass. Be sure to ask the bus operator for the pass before depositing $3 exact cash in the fare box. The pass expires at midnight and there’s no need for a transfer. The Day Pass is valid only on local service in Kansas City, Johnson County, Wyandotte County and Independence. The Day Pass is not valid for commuter express routes in Missouri. To use the Day Pass, simply swipe the pass in the reader on top of the farebox. On UG Transit, just show the bus operator your pass.

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Plan your Meals 
You can save time and and money at the grocery store when you plan your meals on a weekly basis. That way, you can map out what ingredients can be used in multiple dishes and lighten the load of your grocery bags.

Tips for Planning
Free Printable Template

Make a List (and stick to it)
Use a grocery list and menu plan to estimate how much you’ll spend and how many bags you may need.

Find a Recipe 
Healthy ingredients don’t have to be expensive or heavy. These recipes call for items that are lightweight, can fit in a single bag and won’t spoil on your way home.  The recipes also highlight SNAP and WIC ingredients.

Get Recipes

Food Assistance
Interested in learning more about the SNAP, Double Up Food Bucks and WIC programs? Check these links:

Kansas SNAP & WIC
Missouri SNAP & WIC
Double Up Food Bucks (KS & MO)

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