What is the Veggie Van?
The Veggie Van is a donation-based market that carries locally-grown fruits and veggies to rural communities in Southeastern Ohio, 10 months out of the year. In 2020, Community Food Initiatives piloted the Veggie Van in Glouster, Ohio, with support from multiple Athens County based organizations working for healthy communities and a thriving, equitable local food system. Key collaborators include the Creating Healthy Communities Coalition, Rural Action, ACEnet, HAPCAP, and the Athens County Public Library system. In 2021, Veggie Van has expanded to serve Coolville and Nelsonville weekly, with periodic pop-up markets in other small, rural communities.
In order to provide equitable access to the fresh, local, food Veggie Van carries, 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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