UB hosting nation’s first-ever mobile produce market summit March 5-6

Representatives from mobile produce markets across the U.S. will be at the University at Buffalo March 5-6 for the nation’s first-ever mobile market summit.

Mobile produce markets have been popping up across the country as rural and urban communities seek new avenues to bring fresh, healthy foods to under-served neighborhoods. Representatives from these markets, however, have never had the opportunity to network and learn from one another’s successes and failures.

The conference organized by UB researchers will change that. It will include sessions on mobile market best practices, tools to make operating a mobile market more efficient, healthy food incentive programs, mobile market vehicle design and more.

“We learned that there’s this hunger among mobile produce market leaders to interact and learn from each other rather than working in their own silos. It’s never been done before for people who do this type of work,” says Lucia Leone, a conference organizer and assistant professor of community health and health behavior in UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions.

What: First-ever mobile market summit

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 5; 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 6. Members of the media are welcome to stop by during any of these times.

Where: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB. (Check the summit website for exact room locations.)

Why: Give representatives from mobile markets across the U.S. the opportunity to network and learn how to improve all facets of their operations.

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