In Central Florida more than 90,000 of our neighbors live in food deserts, areas without easy access to fresh, nutritional foods. Limited food choices often result in poor nutrition as families rely on fast food or processed foods sold by neighborhood convenience stores.
Families are forced to substitute foods usually high in fat, sugar and salt, which in turn leads to increased rates for diabetes, higher blood pressure and other diet related diseases.
As envisioned by Hebni Nutrition Consultants, the Fresh Stop bus is a mobile farmers market created to serve these in-need neighborhoods. The program offers fresh fruits and vegetables in community-centered locations and at budget-friendly prices.
By providing expanded food options to targeted communities, Fresh Stop will drive positive health outcomes and create a road map for generational change for families hardest hit by diabetes and heart disease.
The Fresh Stop mobile market is a re-purposed Lynx bus outfitted with special refrigerated racks for fresh vegetables and fruits. Every two weeks, the Fresh Stop will visit 16 different food desert neighborhoods in Central Florida.
Over the next several weeks, images and video of the bus will appear here. As the bus hits the roads in central Florida, we’ll be documenting the ride and working with other communities to bring the Fresh Stop program to their neighborhoods in need.
Hebni Nutrition Consultants is a Central Florida-based, not for profit agency formed in 1995 to educate populations who are at risk for obesity, heart disease, diabetes and hypertension.
Hebni programs include the nationally recognized Soul Food Plate; weekly nutrition and cooking classes at the Nutrition Resource Center’s state-of-the-art test kitchen facility; and K.Y.D.S. Take Charge! (Keep Your Diet Straight) with the Orange County Public School System.
For more information on Hebni and their innovative, health focused programs, visit them online.