LEAP mobile food market expands

LEAP mobile food market expands

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The LEAP mobile market will be expanding and traveling to new Roanoke neighborhoods.

If you haven't seen it, the mobile market is essentially a farmers market on wheels and serves neighborhoods that have limited access to full-service grocery stores, particularly in Northwest and Southeast Roanoke, according to a news release from LEAP for Local Food.

LEAP is a local nonprofit that spearheads several farmers markets and a community kitchen in southeast Roanoke. The Kitchen opened in April. Its mobile market, which is now in its second year, carries fruits, vegetables, honey and eggs produced by regional farms.

It will travel to nine neighborhoods every week now, up from five last year, the release said.

“It’s extremely exciting to expand the Mobile Market offerings, especially our Healthy Food Incentive Programs” Sam Lev, LEAP Market Coordinator, said in the release. “In collaboration with Healthy Roanoke Valley, the innovative Fresh Foods Rx program will triple in size in 2016 and serve even more individuals who are at risk of or diagnosed with diabetes. The added benefit to expanding these programs is that we’ll support even more small-scale farms in the region.”

Here's a list of all the mobile market's new stops:  Indian Village Head Start (1916 Wise Ave SE), Lincoln Terrace Head Start (1801 Dunbar St NW), Presbyterian Community Center (1228 Jamison Ave SE), Melrose Towers (3038 Melrose Ave NW), the Salem VA Medical Center (1970 Roanoke Blvd), and Goodwill Gardens (25th and Melrose Ave NW). With the start of FFRx the week of June 20, the Mobile Market will also have stops at Carilion Clinic SE (2145 Mt Pleasant Blvd SE), Carilion Clinic Roanoke-Salem (1314 Peters Creek Rd NW) and New Horizons Healthcare (3716 Melrose Ave NW).

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