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Student project takes affordable produce to community

By Carole Bartoo
July 2011

About 100 people turned out for the launch of the Nashville Mobile Market in February at the Edgehill Apartments, on 12th Avenue South in Nashville.

The project, a collaborative effort between Vanderbilt students and the Edgehill community, is designed to provide healthy, affordable produce in an area of Nashville that has little access
to these foods.

Second-year medical student Ravi Patel worked on a research project based on the concept of bringing produce to the area in a mobile trailer and said the students gained as much from this experience as the community.

A donation from the Frist Foundation allowed for the purchase of a suitable trailer, and the project took shape through the hard work of community members and several Vanderbilt students.

Nashville Mobile Market will run every Friday to Sunday, making stops at Gernert Homes, Youth Life Center parking lot at the Parks at Hillside, Edgehill Apartments Management Office, Edgehill Center and Progressive Baptist Church. Volunteers operate the truck and lead nutrition education.

For more information, go to www.NashvilleMobileMarket.org.

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