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Garden on the Go®

Garden on the Go® brings fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods with limited access

Launched in May 2011 as part of Indiana University Health's comprehensive obesity prevention strategy, this mobile produce program improves access to fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables in neighborhoods in Marion County and beyond with limited access to healthy food. 

Indiana ranks eighth in the nation for obesity with two-thirds of Hoosier adults considered either overweight or obese.  Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.  Yet, less than 25% of Hoosiers report eating the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables.  By providing Garden on the Go®, IU Health is helping address chronic disease through a root cause - the diet.

Garden on the Go® is set up in a farmers’ market style and operates Monday through Friday, year-round, stopping weekly at a variety of highly visible community partner locations that are familiar to area residents, including community centers, public and senior housing facilities, health centers and schools. IU Health relies upon the expertise of Green BEAN Delivery and its crew to manage the operations and purchase the produce for the program. The produce comes from local and regional sources, which allows for a wide variety of high quality fruits and vegetables to be offered. Everyone is welcome to shop at Garden on the Go® - cash, credit cards and food stamps (SNAP/EBT) are accepted.

Affordability

Garden on the Go® offers high quality, conventional produce for sale at its stop.  In order to keep prices affordable, inventory and prices offered vary weekly.  An average purchase at Garden on the Go® is $7.

Schedule

Garden on the Go® makes weekly stops INDOORS at each partner location below.  The schedule may vary due to holidays, severe weather or partner changes.  Please check the schedule regularly for updates.

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In the News

"It's the best thing that ever happened to this community. Above and beyond the phenomenal prices, it's good quality and seems to last longer than the stuff I get from the supermarket. I'm ecstatic and hoping it goes on a long, long time. I've been shopping there since the beginning."                                                          

Cynthia, Lugar Tower Apartments resident

Support Us

Donations to Garden on the Go® are needed to help expand the program and its services to other neighborhoods throughout Indiana. Complex issues such as food access, hunger and health disparities often intersect with the program. Your financial support to Garden on the Go® can help residents in communities struggling with these complicated issues.

To support the program, click the Donate Now button below. You will be taken to the Methodist Health Foundation’s donation page, the fiscal agent for the Garden on the Go® program.  When completing the form, select ‘Other’ for the gift designation and type “Garden on the Go®” in the box at the bottom.

Donate Now

To make a donation by mail, send a check with “Garden on the Go®” in the memo line to:

Methodist Health Foundation
P.O. Box 7168
Indianapolis, Indiana 46207-7168

Contact Us

For any questions or for more information about the program, please contact:
IU Health Community Outreach and Engagement Department
800.280.2998


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