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Photo: At the Market (2020)

By Stacy Macklin

Part of Carteret Local Food Network’s mission is to increase food access and security in our largely spread out, rural community. Due to COVID-19, our regularly scheduled programming in 2020 (such as cooking classes and farm to table dinners) were put on hold. However, we uncovered a great need in our area for access and transportation to local fresh markets. Our goal was to not only increase food access and security, but to support our local farmers as well. While our Veggie Van Mobile Market is still in its infancy, we were able to purchase over $10,000 in fresh produce from our farmers, gain approval for SNAP/EBT benefits, and meet those in our community in locations that were easy to access to allow them to purchase local produce that they otherwise would not have been attainable. While COVID definitely handed us some challenges this year, this photo succinctly sums up one of the ways we were able to make an impact in our community.By downloading this image, you agree to use the photo within the context that it was taken. You also agree to never use it for commercial purposes. The image always belongs to the original photographer and should be attributed to the photographer and Center for a Livable Future Food Policy Networks Photo Contest. Image credit: Stacy Macklin; CLF Food Policy Networks Photo Contest, 2020