Iowa city combats meals desert with high-tech meals locker

A food desert is an area where access to affordable, healthy food options is limited or nonexistent because grocery stores are too far away. A number of small Iowa towns fall into that category given the fact they have no grocery stores.It appears Walnut, Iowa, no longer has that problem.Walnut’s Fresh Out of the Box refrigerated food locker opened Tuesday.”I think it is a good thing for the community,” said decades-long Walnut resident David Krueger.He says this is a viable option for a town that has been without a grocery store for years.The idea came from Theo and Bonnie Ramsey.”We wanted to see what we could do to potentially help given the resources we have,” said Fresh out of the box owner Theo Ramsey.The Ramsey’s resources include grocery stores in Manning and Lenox, Iowa.The Lenox grocery store will service the locker in Walnut.The locker will work like this:You place your grocery order online.You will get a notification your delivery is ready and a code.You punch in your code into the screen on the locker and the lights above the doors your order is in will light up.You open the doors and take your groceries.The Fresh Out of the Box refrigerated food locker in Walnut is the first in a pilot program of eight lockers that will serve 32 small communities in Iowa.

A food desert is an area where access to affordable, healthy food options is limited or nonexistent because grocery stores are too far away.

A number of small Iowa towns fall into that category given the fact they have no grocery stores.

It appears Walnut, Iowa, no longer has that problem.

Walnut’s Fresh Out of the Box refrigerated food locker opened Tuesday.

“I think it is a good thing for the community,” said decades-long Walnut resident David Krueger.

He says this is a viable option for a town that has been without a grocery store for years.

The idea came from Theo and Bonnie Ramsey.

“We wanted to see what we could do to potentially help given the resources we have,” said Fresh out of the box owner Theo Ramsey.

The Ramsey’s resources include grocery stores in Manning and Lenox, Iowa.

The Lenox grocery store will service the locker in Walnut.

The locker will work like this:

  1. You place your grocery order online.
  2. You will get a notification your delivery is ready and a code.
  3. You punch in your code into the screen on the locker and the lights above the doors your order is in will light up.
  4. You open the doors and take your groceries.

The Fresh Out of the Box refrigerated food locker in Walnut is the first in a pilot program of eight lockers that will serve 32 small communities in Iowa.

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