NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nashville Mobile Market makes its way to areas where purchasing affordable healthy food is difficult.
Finding affordable healthy food can be challenging for someone like Helen Lilly.
"I can't stop at the store on the access ride, so this way I can get it here," said Lilly.
She doesn't live near a grocery store, nor does she have a car, so getting healthier options wasn't something that happened often, until recently.
"I just found out about it last week and I got some greens and stuff, so I was glad to see it here," said Lilly.
She is just one of the many visitors of the Hadley Park Community Center taking advantage of the Nashville Mobile Market.
Nearly three years ago, the non-profit program started under the guidance of a first year Vanderbilt University Medical School student.
He noticed a need, but at the same time a lack of healthy food options in certain areas of the city.
"So this is very convenient for me to just come out and leave my dance class and come get my fruits and veggies," said customer Ella Ford.
"So if you provide that access and those means, then people can lead a better and healthy life," said volunteer Mike Kasle.
With the help of some 30 volunteers, typically Vanderbilt University students, the mobile market is able keep cost down and provide what so many people need, but many times they can't get to it or just can't afford.
"Because what we're really doing is making people healthier, by encouraging eating fresh fruits and vegetables, by keeping costs down and making things very available," said The Nashville Mobile Market program director Kelley Frances Fenelon.
From Tuesday through Saturday, the mobile market makes its way around town.
If you would like to help with The Nashville Mobile Market with its mission, visit the website of the non-profit to make a tax deductible donation.
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