Garden on the Go® brings fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods with limited access
Garden on the Go® will end operations on Friday, May 27, 2016.
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.
Garden on the Go® offers high quality, conventional produce for sale at its stops. In order to keep prices affordable, inventory and prices offered vary weekly. An average purchase at Garden on the Go® is $7.
In the News
- IU Health brings Garden on the Go® (FOX 59, 5/2013)
- Garden on the Go® honored with the IN State Health Commissioner Award (ISDH, 3/2012)
- Hoosier Health Partners at White House Summit (Inside Indiana Business, 9/2011)
- Garden on the Go®: Bringing the grocery store to customers (Indianapolis Recorder, 6/2011)
"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
For any questions or for more information about the program, please contact:
IU Health Community Outreach and Engagement Department