Veggie Van Study

logo for the veggie van mobile market, a drawing of a green truck with a leaf and a carrot.

Development and evaluation of a mobile produce market (The Veggie Van) to bring fresh, local, affordable food to lower income and under-served communities.

Project description

The Veggie Van study is designed to help understand the best strategies for running mobile produce markets. We are partnering with 9 current mobile market programs across the country to refine our mobile market toolkit as well as with new mobile markets interested in support to get started. We will complete a comprehensive evaluation process across all 9 Mobile Markets. Community members in each community targeted by the mobile markets will become active participants in the research process, assisting with recruitment and data collection. After one year of implementation of the Veggie Van model, we will measure the change in fruit and vegetable consumption for participants as well as use data and feedback to refine a Veggie Van toolkit to establish “best practices” for future mobile market projects.

Project outcome

The project outcome will be based on the interest of the student, and will include either a poster, literature review, or co-authored publication.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment About a semester (3-5 months)
Start time Anytime
Level of collaboration Individual student project
Benefits Academic credit; work study
Who is eligible Juniors and seniors
Support Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.

Core partners

Project mentor

Lucia Leone

Assistant Professor

Community Health and Health Behavior

Leah Vermont

Research Assistant / Project Director

Community Health and Health Behavior

Phone: (716) 829-6681



To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience. These badges will:

  1. Guide you in setting your goals and intentions as well as gaining additional context,
  2. Enhance your collaboration with your mentor/partner,
  3. Support your reflection and help you integrate your learning with your academic and professional goals.

All students who wish to participate in a project on the Project Portal must first complete the Project Preparation Digital Badge. First, contact the project mentor to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge.

Preparation guidance

Once you have registered for the Project Preparation Digital Badge, you will receive further instructions related to the activities you will need to complete. In addition, you will also complete the following preparation activities for this particular project: