A while back, I saw a segment on the news about the IU Health Garden on the Go program, today I checked it out in person.
Garden on the Go is a mobile produce program that is trying to improve access to fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables in neighborhoods in Marion and Hendricks Counties. Meant to serve areas with limited access to fresh produce and meant to fight obesity (Indiana ranks 8th in the nation for obesity), Garden on the Go can be found in several locations each day, Monday through Friday. Show up during the time slot designed for whichever location you select and step inside the host location and load up your own grocery basket with fruits and veggies. The average purchase is $7 and that $7 can get you quite a bit of food. I made the selections I needed for my family for the next few days and I spent $7.40.
My $7.40 bought:
1 bag of celery
1 bag of carrots
1 bag of sweet peppers
1 large sweet potato
Everyone is welcome to shop at Garden on the Go® – cash, credit cards and food stamps (SNAP/EBT) are accepted.