DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Since 2013, Montgomery County Commisioners say there has been a decrease in food insecurity, but one in six people still don’t know where their next meal will come from.
Wednesday afternoon, Montgomery County and The Foodbank, Inc, unveiled their new refrigerated truck that will serve as a mobile farmers market.
The CEO of The Foodbank, Inc, said there are 93,000 people in Montgomery County that report food insecurity and 38,000 of them are children.
To help these individuals sleep a little easier, knowing fresh food would now come to them, Alter High School students loaded up boxes of fresh, free produce straight from this brand new mobile farmers market at the Wesley Center in West Dayton.
While the unveiling and inaugural food distribution happened at the Wesley Center, the refrigerated box truck will be traveling throughout the area.
It will stop at 27 different spots each month in Montgomery, Preble and Greene counties where there isn’t a brick and mortar food pantry.
“The stock really varies,” said Lee Lauren Truesdadle, the Chief Development Officer for The Foodbank. “We do a lot of fresh produce through our mobile farmers markets, we do fresh bakery, we often have meat products, frozen items, I know today they’re even distributing some sausage.”
Truesdale said they will try to create a full and balanced meal from the food they have available.
The funds for the truck were approved by a three-year investment from the Montgomery County commission.
Commissioner Judy Dodge said this is just one way they are fighting back against food insecurity.
“We’re very supportive of the Gem City market that’s going to be on lower Salem Ave.,” said Dodge. “A couple years ago, we put right there at the Wright Stop Plaza a pantry, a food market there.”
To find the location of The Foodbank’s mobile farmers market, click here.