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(NECN: Katelyn Tivnan) - Veggies are on the move in Worcester, Mass. as the "veggie mobile" made its rounds Thursday.
“It's great,” says farmer’s market coordinator Anthony Gardner. “Last year we had nine stops. This year we have 16.”
This is the first full season for the truck, operated by the Regional Environmental Council.
Its first stop is the Seabury Heights Apartment complex where many of the residents are elderly. Having fresh produce at their doorstep is a big convenience.
“I think it’s great,” says Mary Iannotti. “A lot of elderly don't have cars so having them come here is excellent.”
“I come out for the fresh veggies,” says Donna Belvery. “I think it's great because a lot of people don't have cars and can't get to places.”
The goal of the truck is to make produce accessible across the city. It makes daily stops at inner city neighborhoods, elderly communities and farmers markets.
Their next stop Thursday was the Worcester Common.
“We're just trying to get the message out that healthy living is really important,” says nutrition educator Cori Lucius, who is also set up at the pop up farmers market.
Her group's goal is to teach people ways to combat the growing problem of obesity- and how to make healthy choices.
“Another misconception we're seeing especially in Worcester is that nutrition isn't accessible to these communities which it is and we're trying to teach them that.”
The veggie truck is looking forward to some exciting upgrades down the road- but for now is enjoying a successful start to the season.
“We're going to put in solar panels, a fridge so we can start to carry meat and eggs and also have a grill and will be doing cooking demos.”