This is discussion about The Veggie Mobile.
laura from capital district community gardens
This is a great idea, and it is wonderful that it runs on biodiesel and solar power, too.
My organization, A Wider Circle, has just started to operate a Healthy Basics emergency food and personal care items program to supplement our existing services, which include the provision of basic home furnishings and health and education workshops at schools, shelters, and community centers. We often stress in the workshops the importance of eating fresh produce and healthy food, but we find that providing these items at low or no cost is something to which our organization will have to aspire for now. I wish there were a Veggie Mobile in Washington D.C. – especially in wards where there is a dearth of adequate supermarkets for the hundreds of thousands of residents, many of whom live in extremely low-income situations.
Thank you for your innovation and your hard work up to this point!
On May 11, 2009, the judges reviewed the entries for the Changemakers “Designing for Better Health” competition and would like to pass on the following feedback (listed below) for your entry. Thank you for applying and for your hard work in the field. We are excited to archive your entry to serve as a leading solution for the worldwide community of innovators who are seeking solutions that help people make better choices regarding their health and the health of others. We wish you continued luck with your innovative, sustainable, and socially impactful initiatives.
All the best, The Changemakers Team
“Great idea! Great business plan! This initiative significantly addresses the problem of urban food deserts and helps promote access to affordable fresh produce to communities who often have few options with regard to food availability. Fresh vegetables shouldn’t be just in Whole Foods. This is a good start.”
“This is an excellent community outreach program that reinforces fruits and vegetables and encourages the domestic market to catch up. We would like to learn more about what happens when your primary grant runs out in 2 years. Can you tell us more about your plans for financial sustainability?”
- Changemakers “Designing for Better Health” Judges: Doutores da Alegria, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Cornell Food and Brand Lab: Cornell University, Innovations in Health @ Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Pediatrics: University of California San Francisco.