State to Fund University’s Mobile Farmers Market for Underserved Communities

Governor Kay Ivey recently awarded Oakwood University $40 thousand for a special project: a mobile farmers market, much like the campus market, that will serve underprivileged communities in Northwest Huntsville. 

“Our vision for this mobile unit will be an outfitted bus that will be an actual farmers market,” explained Dr. Lisa Dalrymple, Director of Oakwood’s Healthy Campus 2020 Program, and Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics.

“The State of Alabama, through the ADECA grant, saw wisdom in what we’re proposing,” explained Dr. Prudence Pollard, Oakwood University’s Vice President of Research and Faculty Development. Oakwood leaders say diet has a direct impact on health. Right now these communities are unhealthy because they don’t have access to healthy food options.

“There are actually areas in Huntsville, Alabama, where individuals cannot get fresh fruits and vegetables. We’re concerned about that,” added Pollard. “When people can’t walk, ride or drive to food sources, they’re most likely living in a food desert.”

The healthy options provided for these underserved communities will come straight from Oakwood Farms and other affordable sources . MORE

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