DeKalb County Board of Health Asks Public to Name Its Mobile Farmers Market

June 23, 2015

The DeKalb County Board of Health, in collaboration with DeKalb County Government and DeKalb County, is asking the public to help name its new mobile farmers market.

Set to start visiting areas around the county beginning July 7, the mobile farmers market will carry fresh, affordable produce directly to residents.

“Promoting healthy food options through access to locally grown fresh produce not only reduces food deserts, but also helps to stimulate the economy by getting fresh vegetables and fruits to new consumers,” said S. Elizabeth Ford, M.D., M.B.A., district health director, DeKalb County Board of Health.

Residents countywide have the opportunity to submit their names for the bus via a survey until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 26. The @ItsInDeKalb and @HealthyDeKalb Twitter handles will host the links and promote the contest.

The individuals who submit the top three suggestions will each receive $100 worth of free groceries. Entries will be ranked based on a number of factors, such as relevance to the mobile market’s mission and purpose.

Community focus groups will assist in deciding the winner, and the winning name will become the mobile market’s new identity.

The DeKalb County Board of Health is providing grant funding to DeKalb County and DeKalb County Extension through the LEAD DeKalb Program for the mobile farmers market. This program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) initiative aimed at promoting healthy eating and physical activity to help improve health and reduce health disparities among residents of DeKalb County. 

A partnership of The University of Georgia, the U. S. Department of Agriculture and DeKalb County Government, DeKalb Extension offers lifelong learning opportunities to DeKalb County citizens through unbiased, research-based education in horticulture, the environment, communities, youth and families.

Pending funding, the mobile market is scheduled to operate on a 16-week schedule for three years, with the possibility of additional locations and dates to be announced. The official schedule for the mobile market is as follows:

Tuesdays, July 7 – Oct. 20 at 10 a.m.
REACH Community Development Center
6212-B Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Tuesdays, July 7 – Oct. 20 at 4 p.m.
Hamilton Recreation Center
3263 Chapel Street, Scottdale, GA 30079

Wednesdays, July 8 – Oct. 21 at 11 a.m.
Hairston Lake Apartments
1023 North Hairston Road, Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Wednesdays, July 8 – Oct. 21 at 2 p.m.
Spring Chase II
4947 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Thursdays, July 9 – Oct. 22 at 11 a.m.
Austin Community Development Center
1989 Austin Drive, Decatur, GA 30032

Thursdays, July 9 – Oct. 22 at 4 p.m.
Midway Recreation Center
3181 Midway Road, Decatur, GA 30032

DeKalb County is Georgia’s third largest county, with more than 700,000 residents calling it home. For more information about the mobile farmers market, please contact Vickie Elisa, division director, Marketing and Business Development, DeKalb County Board of Health at (404) 294-3700.

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