DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — An organization in the Quad Cities is loading up a truck with fresh produce and setting up temporary shop in more than a dozen locations to help residents buy fresh food.
The Quad-City Times reports the Veggie Mobile will focus on bringing fresh produce from local providers to neighborhoods defined as “food deserts.” Those are areas far from supermarkets, where residents must travel long distances to buy healthy food.
Among the many stops are locations in Davenport, Bettendorf and the Illinois cities of Moline and Rock Island.
The group Quad Cities Food Hub is behind the effort.
Food Hub executive director Carla Jaquet says the effort helps residents as well as local farmers who don’t have the ability to reach areas the truck will visit.