Lake Wales (FL) bus service connects Northwest area to healthy food, healthcare

  • Date: 10/13/2023

The City of Lake Wales is partnering with local area transit provider Citrus Connection to provide a community circulator for residents in Northwest Lake Wales.

"Really the first of its kind outside of Lakeland where it just operates in and around Lake Wales to focus on shopping, employment, medical, groceries,” said Tom Phillips, executive director of Citrus Connection.

The bus will not only connect people directly to healthy food options but also to the health department.

A recent study by the Department of Health-Polk found that residents in the Northwest area experience high rates of food insecurity, behavioral health concerns, and health inequity.

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