Help the Veggie Van
The Veggie Van needs volunteer drivers and volunteer passenger-helpers to bring fresh fruit and produce to the food deserts of Lynchburg. Sign up to be a passenger or helper by clicking the button below. You can be a volunteer driver, too, once you have gotten the go-ahead from Lynchburg Grows' staff. More info about the Veggie Van is below, but if you still have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also need your help getting the word out about the Veggie Van's stops. You can download a flyer of the van's schedule and post it wherever you get permission to do so!
To download or print the van schedule, click here.
We'll be adding more stops as we get more volunteers, so check back to make sure you have the latest version of the schedule.
About the Veggie Van
More than a quarter of Lynchburg residents live in a food desert, according to a study by the USDA. That’s more than any other city in Virginia. Lynchburg Grows had been addressing this challenge through its support of community gardens, but the staff and board wanted to do more. In 2015, Live Healthy Lynchburg, in cooperation with Lynchburg Grows, came up with the idea of the mobile produce van. Together, they secured funding from Centra Foundation and purchased a 1996 Chevy van, then met with local church leaders to help them identify logical drop-off points in the areas with the most need.
Today, the van distributes produce three days a week plus one Saturday a month to eleven different locations. The van accepts cash, credit/debit cards, Light House Tokens, and, through a partnership with the USDA's SNAP, EBT card payments. Shoppers can buy not only produce from Lynchburg Grows, but also fruit, bread, and products from other local farms.
In 2017, with financial help from Centra Foundation, we'll be expanding not only the number of van stops but also the sources of its produce. In addition to food from Lynchburg Grows, local farmers, food artisans, and donations from Panera Bread, community gardeners around the city will be able to sell their vegetables wholesale for distribution on the van. If you'd like to get involved, email email@example.com and let us know.