Through a generous donation by Mid Georgia Ambulance, Community Health Works retrofitted this retired ambulance to be used as a mobile classroom. Affectionately coined “the Veggie Van,” this mobile classroom visits area schools, day cares, and community events to promote health and nutrition. Since its inception, the Veggie Van has been in high demand for school-based visits to promote the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables and provide general health education. This educational tool has quite literally been used as a vehicle to positively influence children’s attitudes about eating healthy. From interactive gardening activities to fresh fruit and vegetable tastings, the Veggie Van has sparked the interest and appeal of many young students.
The Veggie Van is also known as a novelty program in the community. From health fairs to 5Ks, the Veggie Van has been requested for a wide variety of community-based events to educate the public on health and nutrition. Doubling as a mobile billboard for the Mulberry Market, the Veggie Van promotes the local farmers market and CHW’s matching dollars program for EBT recipients to purchase fresh, healthy foods.