Wisconsin Grocer Implements New Cart following Parents' Requests

“Pushing a regular cart and a wheel chair at the same time is not easy at all,” explains Nicole Schroeder of Holmen.

It's parents like Schroeder that are the reason Festival Foods has purchased a special grocery cart to make shopping much easier for parents of children with disabilities.

The cart, named Caroline's Cart, after the Alabama girl who inspired its design, is now at all of Festival Food's 19 Wisconsin locations.

"We have just kicked it off in the last couple of weeks. It is not used a lot right now, but I think that when word gets out, they will be using it more,” explains Mark Gayhart, Store Director at Festival Foods in Marshfield.

Caroline's cart features a special seat where children can sit while their parents push the cart around the store. The car has a back and head rest and rest for the child's feet.

Schroeder says her shopping trip time has been cut in half thanks to the new carts. She says the her daughter, Carmen, no longer has to stay home. “She can be a normal girl and loves to shop."

Click here to learn more about Caroline's Cart.

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