The Washington Post ran a compelling, front-page story about children in rural Tennessee being hungry in the summer, without access to school lunches. Their solution – bring the food to the children. A local food bank found a school bus to deliver lunch to rural areas without access to markets.
Reading this article made me look into what healthy food options were available in DC’s underserved neighborhoods. One of my Georgetown University interns introduced me to Arcadia Foods, a nonprofit dedicated to creating a more equitable local food system in the DC area. Arcadia’s Mobile Market makes healthy food available and affordable in low-income neighborhoods without grocery stores – DC’s food deserts.
Arcadia’s Mobile Market is a rolling farm stand in a refurbished school bus that stocks high quality and sustainably grown food from within 100 miles of DC. The Mobile Market makes weekly stops in low food access neighborhoods. They also make school visits and teach customers with their seasonal cookbook.
Making BQgranola available through Arcadia’s Mobile Market is a way for us to help to find a solution in our own community. I have completely embraced Arcadia’s philosophy that everyone deserves access to affordable, healthy, fresh food. Arcadia’s mobile market not only provides access to locally produced foods, they also educate their customers to help make healthy food an ongoing part of their family’s lives.