Food for Thought Mobile Market
What does a 1988 International school bus have to do with a local solution to hunger? We're taking the hunger fight on the road: Mobile Farmer's Markets are popping all over the country and it's easy to see why. They have the power to bring healthy food to communities that need it most.
We've got the bus, but we need your help to get rolling! This summer, we're giving an old bus a new life.
This mobile market will bring fresh local food to our neighbors all over Natrona County - breaking down the barriers to access to local food for everyone.We will be accepting SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks with the Mobile Market, as well as cash and credit cards.
Our goal is $10,000 which will help spruce up the outside, retrofit the inside, service the engine, license the bus, and help pay to operate the Mobile Market during the first year.
YOU can help! Give what you can, it all adds up! Help us reach our goal and make this dream come true!
Our Local Partners are the reason for the success behind getting the Mobile Market up and running. Without their contributions and support, our Mobile Market would not exist.
There are four core programs we offer at our Food for Thought Summer Markets: Grant Farms CSA, acceptance of SNAP Benefits, POP Club for Kids, and Double Up Food Bucks for SNAP users. Some rules and restrictions may apply. Click on the logo below for more information, or contact us.
Story of the Mobile Market
Wyoming Food for Thought Project purchased an old, 1988 International school bus on February 14th, 2017, with the intention of transforming it into Wyoming's first Mobile Farmers Market. During that time, we had a seven all-women's AmeriCorps NCCC team work on the bus, from stripping and cleaning it, to priming and muraling the outside. They also gutted and painted the inside, in preparation for shelving. We have brought the bus to our Summer Markets to showcase how far we've come in such a short time, and hope officially roll it into a neighborhood near you by the end of 2017.
Still Needs Some Work
Although we have made leaps and bounds with this project, there is still a lot of work that needs to take place before the Mobile Market is ready to roll.
We still need to purchase and install shelving, buy a generator that will support a fridge and freezer that will be inside the Mobile Market to hold local meats and other agricultural food products, acquire a CDL license, purchase an EBT Reader and custom Register System, advertising and marketing, support our SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks programs, and much more.