Veggie Van- A mobile Marketplace

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Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA

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-What is a Mobile Market Place? A mobile market place is a method of food distribution via a vehicle that provides for direct distribution to individuals and families in need. Mobile market places offer flexibility of delivery and allow providers to target underserved areas. This food delivery method helps to remove barriers to individual access, and expand food distribution capacity.

-What is a Food Desert? Food deserts are located at least one mile from the nearest supermarket, supercenter or large grocery store in urban areas and more than ten miles in rural areas. Many residents who live in food deserts do not have a vehicle and rely on walking or public transportation. It becomes easier and less time-consuming to go to convenience stores and gas stations, which provide few, if any, healthy or nutritious food choices. At most of these stores, prices are inflated, food is processed and choices are limited. In metropolitan Tampa, there are 40 locations deemed food deserts. As the Y studied the 40 locations, it became clear that limited access to healthy foods plays a significant role in poor dietary decisions.

-Why is a Mobile Market Place Important for Tampa Bay? Only 20 percent of residents in Hillsborough County meet the recommended five-a-day servings of fruit and vegetables. In underserved communities, the statistic drops to below 8.5 percent. People trying to feed their families with lower incomes face a double impact as food costs at stores in food deserts are usually significantly higher than food costs at stores in larger communities. Nutritious, perishable food, such as fruits and vegetables are especially high in cost. The Veggie Van will increase access to those living below poverty and the working poor. By increasing access in food deserts, more individuals will receive food benefits, and less will go hungry. In addition, individuals in need will receive timely access to nutritious food.

Veggie Van Volunteering

Two opportunities available:

This is a great opportunity to come out and visit one of our Veggie Van stops. Volunteers will help: load/unload, assist in completing paperwork, distribution of fresh produce to families. You would be volunteering at stops within the Wimauma, Tampa Heights, Sulphur Springs, Lacoochee, Dover and Plant City communities.

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Mission Statement

To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.


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