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Indiana University Health - Garden on the Go®

Indianapolis, IN

What is it?
Garden on the Go is Indiana University (IU) Health’s year-round mobile produce delivery program. It is designed to improve access to affordable, fresh produce in under-resourced communities that would not have easy access otherwise. IU Health works with 20 community partners to host weekly stops, setting up the produce inside in a “mini farmers’ market style” format. Cash, credit, debit and food stamps are accepted for payment.

Who is it for?
Residents in Marion County.

Why do they do it?
Indiana ranks eighth in obesity among states. Research shows that increased produce consumption can reduce the risk of obesity, lowering risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Only two percent of Marion County residents consume the recommended daily servings of produce.

Impact
Since launching in May 2011, Garden on the Go has exceeded 42,000 sales transactions and sold more than 180 tons of fresh, affordable produce. IU Health is exploring expansion of the program elsewhere in Indiana.

Contact: Lisa Cole
Manager, Indianapolis Community Outreach
Telephone: 317-962-1018
E-mail: lcole3@iuhealth.org


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