What is the Veggie Van?
The Veggie Van is a donation-based market that carries locally-grown fruits and veggies 10 months out of the year. Our goal is to improve access to fresh, local produce in rural Southeastern Ohio. Community Food Initiatives piloted the Veggie Van in 2020 with support from multiple Athens County based organizations working for healthy communities and a thriving sustainable, equitable local food system. Some of the key collaborators include the Creating Healthy Communities Coalition, Rural Action, HAPCAP, and the Athens County Public Library system.
In order to support equitable access this fresh, local, food, Veggie Van customers pay whatever they're able. Firmly based in our vision for a thriving and just local food system, the Veggie Van offers locally-grown produce in exchange for any level of donation. All unsold produce is distributed to our food pantry partners, and all donations support food purchase and distribution. This model supports our local farmers while also ensuring that fresh, local fruits and veggies are accessible for all.
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