Veggie Van delivers fresh local produce to community

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The community is invited to catch a ride on the Mobile Market to better health.

Mobile Market, a new pilot program, is bringing fresh food to under served neighborhoods in Bernalillo County.

With fresh produce from local farmers, the “Veggie Van,” also offers cooking and nutrition classes to the neighborhoods around the county where healthy food is hard to find.

Thursday, August 20, the Van will be in the International District at both First Nations Community HealthSource from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.and the UNM Southeast Heights Clinic from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.

In addition to the International District location, the van will visit the South Valley throughout the season.

The Mobile Market accepts cash, credit, EBT Cash Cards and EBT SNAP.

“Bernalillo County is proud to partner with the Healthy Here Coalition and bring fresh fruits and vegetables to underserved neighborhoods in the International District at affordable prices,” Commission Chair Maggie Hart Stebbins says.

“The Mobile Market project supports good nutrition, better access to fresh produce and our local farmers, which are all critical to a strong and sustainable community,” says Commissioner Debbie O’Malley, a strong supporter of local agriculture.

Funding for this project comes from Bernalillo County and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, Bernalillo County provided the van, a 2006 Dodge Sprinter, an employee to staff the program and about $9,000 in improvements to make the vehicle usable for this project.

Partners involved in creating the Mobile Market include Bernalillo County; Presbyterian Healthcare Services; the Agri-cultura Network; Street Food Institute; Storehouse New Mexico and the Bernalillo County Community Health Council.

For more information, visit their website.

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