Time-pressed Toronto subway commuters will soon have some healthier food options. Today Toronto Public Health, along with the TTC and Foodshare Toronto, will launch a new initiative called Grab Some Good.
It brings pop-up food markets to subway stations across the city. The idea is to give commuters easier access to healthy and affordable food.
For many commuters, grabbing something to eat at the station means eating something unhealthy.
Jennifer Sue says she's guilty of doing just that.
"I grab something that will be quick because I do work long hours," she told CBC News.
That's why she's thrilled with the idea of pop-up food markets in stations. Foodshare Toronto is one of the groups behind the initiative.
Executive director Debbie Field says the markets will operate out of the Downsview, Kipling and Victoria Park stations.
"Now people can buy an apple, an avocado, bananas, beets, coleslaw. All beautiful fresh fruit and vegetables. Some of them cut up and all at a great price."
Field says the point is to get people to choose better snacks and dinner options.
"The single best way across all indicators to improve health is to eat more vegetables and fruit," she said. "At the same time, our society does not make it easy to grab some good. So what's going on here is making it easier and affordable for people to eat healthier food."
Field says the goal is to open up more markets at more stations in the future.