With the goal of improving health and ensuring good nutrition in under-served areas identified as food deserts, Virtua provides a Mobile Farmer’s Market that provides access to produce year round. Food deserts are those areas defined as lacking in reliable access to sufficient, affordable, nutritious food.
The Mobile Market, a 23-foot bus brimming with fresh produce, will sell fruits and vegetables at significantly reduced prices in communities throughout Burlington and Camden counties four days a week.
The following video celebrates its debut in the spring of 2017.
Check out our monthly calendar to see days/times when the mobile market will be coming to a neighborhood near you.
The following are recipes that are not only healthy,
but delicious as well:
Chunky Grape Salsa
For the dressing, mix together the mustard, dill, sugar and oil. Set aside.
For the salad, Core and slice apples and pears into thin slices, leaving skin on for color, flavor and nutrition. Slice and peel cucumber, if using cucumber with seeds, cut in half lengthwise, scrape out seeds, and cut into half-moon slices. Slice onion any way you like. Add items to bowl with dressing and toss to coat.
For more nutritious and healthy recipes, click on the following provided by our Virtua registered dietitians:
Learn more about local food insecurity in New Jersey communities by exploring data from Feeding America’s Annual Map the Meal Gap project.
As part of our mission to help the community to Be Well, Get Well and Stay Well, this program will operate as a community benefit initiative. Research supports the correlation of poor health and food insecurity especially in low income communities.
Virtua conducts a community health needs assessment every two years and looks at all the health and non-health issues (also known as social determinants of health) that impact the lives and well-being of communities we serve. Food insecurity and hunger needs have increased in the Southern New Jersey which is defined as the state of being without reliable access to sufficient, affordable, nutritious food.
In an effort to lessen this issue, the Mobile Farmers Market promotes access to healthy options and helps reduce chronic disease issues in our community such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, high-cholesterol and other related conditions.