Veggie Van Prepares To Hit The Road

4:26 PM, Oct 26, 2011   |    comments
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  • The van is a converted ambulance.
    

It may still look a little like an ambulance, but the Veggie Van is trying to improve people's health in a different way.

The converted ambulance is now a mobile produce store, dedicated to bringing fresh, local, fruits and vegetables to folks who might otherwise have a tough time getting them on the dinner plate.

It's sponsored by Community Health Works and other local partners, to try and tackle high rates of obesity and other health issues by providing easier access to better food.

"Over the long term, we think it helps create a culture of health and wellness," says Community Health Works CEO Greg Dent. "In Central Georgia we have some of the highest obesity rates in the state and over the long term, we hope to reduce those obesity rates."

The van is also equipped to accept EBT cards, and EBT customers get extra bang for their buck.

Thanks to a partnership with Wholesome Wave Georgia, EBT customers can get $2 of produce for every $1 spent.

The van currently has six scheduled locations ,which will begin next week.

They are:

1. Mulberry Street Market: Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m.

2. Macedonia Baptist Church: daily 7:30-8:30 p.m.

3. Anthony Homes: Thursdays, 1-2 p.m.

4. Felton Homes: Thursdays, 2-3 p.m.

5. Tindall Heights: Thursdays, 3-4 p.m.

6. Murphy Homes: Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

 Organizers say they plan to add more.

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