Stonehill College’s Mobile Market Brings Fresh Produce to Brockton Residents
A group of employees and students at Stonehill College, a NEC member, are bringing discounted fresh produce to Brockton residents through their Mobile Market.
Founded last year by Stonehill professor Bridget Meigs, the Mobile Market takes produce from a local school-run farm to the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center where it is sold at discounted prices. Fresh produce is hard to come by in some parts of Brockton that are “food deserts” because they lack healthy grocery options, leading to higher rates of obesity.
The health center bought food vouchers to distribute to patients, allowing many of them to purchase fruits and vegetables from the market. Alexandra Avedisian of the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center said, “Not only are they providing incredibly wonderful produce, not only are they bringing it into the heart of Brockton, but it’s also incredibly well priced. With a $10 voucher, patients are able to get a pretty good amount of vegetables.”
The New England Council applauds Stonehill College’s Mobile Market for providing healthy and affordable food to the residents of Brockton.