The Veggie Van is a mobile farmers market that provided residents of Niagara Falls and Lackawanna with direct access to fruits and vegetables, many of whom have limited access to fresh produce.
The city of Niagara Falls and Lackawanna are considered food deserts—areas where residents have limited access to fresh, healthy and affordable foods. The Veggie Van helped combat hunger and reduce food insecurity by traveling to these designated areas where community members do not have a grocery store nearby.
Most of the food sold is locally sourced from farms in Western New York, which encourages residents to “eat local”. Locally grown produce is full of flavor because it spends less time in transit on the way to being sold. Eating locally also support local farms while advancing the economy in western New York.
2018 Veggie Van Schedule:
Lackawanna-Every Wednesday from July 11th-Sept 13th (excluding August 1st)
10am-12pm: Lackawanna Senior Center, 230 Martin Rd.
1pm-3pm: Taggart Playground, 135 Odell Street
Niagara Falls-Every Thursday from July 12th-September 14th (excluding August 2nd)
10am-12pm: John Duke Senior Center, 1202 Hyde Park Blvd
1pm-3pm: Community Health Center of Niagara, 2715 Highland Ave
Last updated August 29, 2018