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Veggie Mobile makes shopping for produce easy for seniors

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Stacy Tilton stands by the Veggie Mobile outside the Onsted American Legion Hall.

By John Hummer – Exponent staff writer

Want some fresh produce? Just go to a senior center in Lenawee County where you’re likely to find the Veggie Mobile.

 “It’s a great program,” said Veggie Mobile driver Stacy Tilton. “The idea is to help people eat better. It’s a great bridge between the hospital and the community.”

 The Veggie Mobile is made possible through ProMedica Bixby Hospital in partnership with the Lenawee Health Network and the United Way.

 Tilton said the Veggie Mobile makes the rounds to all the senior centers in Lenawee County as well as other various locations throughout the county.

 The Veggie Mobile has a Monday through Friday, year-round schedule. It gets its produce from local farms. When not in season, it gets items wholesale from local produce companies that may get some produce from other sources.

 The Veggie Mobile was modeled after one in Grand Rapids, Mich.

 “It started in 2013 with a USDA grant,” Tilton said. “That paid for the truck and the driver. Now ProMedica is paying for them. The idea is that the produce pays for itself. Whatever the vegetables cost, that’s what they’re sold for. You’re really supporting your local farmers and local community.”

 Though the Veggie Mobile has mostly vegetables including corn, squash, potatoes, red, yellow and green onions, garlic, celery, cucumbers, sugar snap peas, cabbage, and parsnips – you can also find some nice fruit including apples, bananas, pears, oranges, tomatoes, kiwi, mangos, and others in season

 The Veggie Mobile accepts cash and Bridge (EBT) cards for payment. For more information and its location calendar, visit www.promedica.org.

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