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Niagara Falls, NY - Danielle DeGolier of Niagara Falls buys some vegetables and fruit from Jeanine Gegan at the Veggie Van that made a stop at the John Duke Senior Center. The Veggie Van, a mobile farmers market that brings fresh produce to neighborhoods with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables, makes a stop at the John Duke Senior Center every Thursday, 10:00am-12:00pm, July 19-Sept. 26. (Excluding August 2nd)
Date: July 16, 2018
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The Veggie Van Holds Kickoff Party in Niagara Falls
Summer schedule for the Veggie Van Released for Niagara Falls and Lackawanna sites
NIAGARA FALLS, NY— Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County will hold a kickoff party to celebrate the start of the Veggie Van’s market season on Thursday, July 19th at its two site locations in Niagara Falls—the John Duke Senior Center and the Community Health Center of Niagara. The Veggie Van is a mobile farmers market that brings fresh produce to neighborhoods with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
On Thursday, from 10:00am-12:00pm, the Veggie Van kickoff party will be at John Duke Senior Center, located at 1201 Hyde Park Boulevard. From 1:00pm-3:00pm, the Veggie Van will relocate to the Community Health Center of Niagara Falls, on 2715 Highland Ave.
Rochester-based author Teresa Bowick will be in attendance to deliver a keynote speech in a dress made of real collard greens, and share the story behind her book, “Collard Green Curves-a fat girl’s journey from childhood obesity to healthy living”. The self-published memoir provides insight on the many factors beyond poor food choices and lack of exercise that contribute to childhood obesity. Additionally, EatSmart NY nutritionists will be on location to perform cooking demonstrations and provide recipes to visitors who are looking for new ways to enjoy their newly purchased produce.
Since 2016, the Veggie Van has brought direct access to fresh fruits and vegetables to residents of Niagara Falls and Lackawanna, many of whom have little access to fresh produce. The Veggie Van takes cash payments, EBT, and the Farmers Market Nutrition Program Coupons. Last year, approximately 6,000 pounds of produce was brought to low access communities via the Veggie Van.
The Lackawanna Veggie Van Summer Schedule:
Every Wednesday, July 18th-Sept. 25th (Excluding August 1st)
10:00am-12:00pm @ Lackawanna Senior Center , 230 Martin Road 1:00pm-3:00pm @ Taggert Playground, Odell Street
Niagara Falls Veggie Van Summer Schedule:
Every Thursday, July 19th-Sept. 26th (Excluding August 2nd)
10:00am-12:00pm @ John Duke Senior Center, 1201 Hyde Park Blvd. 1:00pm-3:00pm @ Community Health Center of Niagara Falls, 2715 Highland Ave.
“We are proud to offer the Highland Avenue community access to an array of not only health options but also access to fresh fruit & vegetables in their own community,” said Felicia Johnson, project manager for Community Health Center of Niagara. “The produce is fresh and affordable and a welcomed resource to the community members.”
Niagara Falls and Lackawanna are considered a food desert- an area where residents have limited access to fresh, healthy and affordable foods. The Veggie Van aims to combat hunger and reduce food insecurity by traveling to designated areas where community members do not have a grocery store nearby. Residents might otherwise need to travel over a mile to get to the nearest grocery store to purchase healthy produce.
Funding for the Veggie Van was made possible through CCE’s Creating Healthy Schools and Communities grant, funded by the New York State Department of Health. The 5-year grant was award to CCE-Niagara to foster healthy communities in Niagara Falls and Lackawanna, NY. For more information, visit cceniagaracounty.org.
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