The new Mobile Market is the product of a partnership between Carle Health and the newly formed Champaign-Urbana City Farms. The pay-what-you-can food market on wheels will drive around two days per week to communities within Champaign Urbana that are experiencing high levels of food insecurity. It will be paired with Carle’s Mobile Health Clinic.
“Food insecurity impacts every aspect of your health, and we’re well aware of that,” says Jonathan Woods, Executive Director of Carle’s Community Health Initiatives. “This helps meet those basic needs and helps get families and individuals that solid start.”
According to Woods, the project has been in the works since before the pandemic. However, he says it’s more important now than ever.
“It’s become even more challenging to travel, more challenging to access healthy food,” he says. “This is a perfect opportunity to really meet needs at a local, home level.”
Woods says the goal is to make this a sustainable, year-round resource for the community. He says he also hopes to eventually expand the Mobile Market system beyond the C-U area.
The Mobile Market schedule can be found here.