“Veggie Vans” bringing fresh, affordable produce to Niagara Falls, Lackawanna

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – A new way to get veggies is sprouting in Niagara Falls and Lackawanna.

The Cornell Cooperative Extension’s “Veggie Van” is bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to both places from June through September of this year.

According to Cornell Cooperative Extension’s website, both Lackawanna and Niagara Falls are considered “food deserts”- areas where residents have limited access to fresh, healthy and affordable foods.

“The Veggie Van helped combat hunger and reduce food insecurity by traveling to these designated areas where community members do not have a grocery store nearby,” the website explains.

The Veggie Van sells fresh produce at market price, and staff accepts cash and EBT cards.

The van’s locations for the remainder of the 2017 season are as follows:

Lackawanna-Every Wednesday from June 21st-Sept 13th (excluding August 2nd)
10am-12pm: Lackawanna Senior Center, 230 Martin Rd.
1pm-3pm: Old Friendship House Site, Ridge Rd. (west of bridge)

Niagara Falls-Every Thursday from June 22nd-September 14th (excluding August 3rd)
10am-12pm: John Duke Senior Center, 1202 Hyde Park Blvd
1pm-3pm: Niagara Falls Medical Center at Golisano Center, 533 10th St.

 

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