YMCA Veggie Van
The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market.
Our Veggie Van’s two vehicles run year round, making daily stops in urban neighborhoods throughout Grand Rapids and Muskegon, ensuring that fruits and vegetables are available to people who otherwise have limited access to fresh produce. We grow and sell locally grown, top-quality fruits and vegetables at reduced prices. Additionally, we accept SNAP, Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH, and W.I.C. Project Fresh benefits.
Every week we’ll bring you the very best of what our local farmers and community has to offer! This may include produce samplings, featured recipes, community events, etc.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES BROUGHT TO YOU BY…
We now grow, purchase, and sell our fruits and veggies from local farmers and supplement our supply by partnering with local grocery stores. At the Mary Free Bed YMCA, we now grow produce in our green house and outside in raised farm beds that we sell on the Grand Rapids van.
Grand Rapids Area
FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Our market participates in multiple food assistance programs to meet the needs of our community. Below is a list and description of the programs we participate in.
The Double Up Food Bucks program allows SNAP-eligible shoppers to double their SNAP benefits (Bridge Cards) up to $20 per market day. If a shopper purchases $20 worth of food at the market using a Bridge Card, they will receive $20 in Double Up Food Bucks tokens to spend on fresh, Michigan grown produce at the market.
Qualified seniors who receive Market Fresh benefits are able to utilize these coupons at our market. For a complete list of eligible foods to purchase, click here.
WIC Project FRESH helps to provide healthy and nutritious produce to Michigan WIC participants, while fostering economic development by promoting our state’s diverse agricultural products. The program provides low-income, nutritionally-at-risk WIC participants with eligible, locally grown, fresh, unprepared fruits and vegetables from authorized farmers, farmers’ markets and roadside stands throughout Michigan. The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) is known in Michigan as Project FRESH and is administrated by the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program. At the Mary Free Bed YMCA, we now grow produce in our green house and outside in raised farm beds that we sell on the Grand Rapids van.
MADE POSSIBLE BY…
The Veggie Van is made possible through the generosity of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and Spectrum Health. The Muskegon Area Veggie Van is made possible through the generosity of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Herman Miller Cares, and the Muskegon Community Foundation.
INTERESTED IN THE VEGGIE VAN VISITING YOUR LOCATION?
If you are interested in learning more, or if your organization and surrounding area would benefit from our Veggie Van, please fill out the YMCA Veggie Van Host Site Application or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 616.885.5912.