Free produce available at Tuttle Park Rec Center
Mobile markets are presented by Columbus Recreation and Parks and Mid-Ohio Food Collective
College students and other members of The Ohio State University community who are facing food insecurity can take advantage of Free Mobile Produce Markets at Tuttle Park Community Center over the next few weeks.
The markets, presented by Columbus Recreation and Parks and the Mid-Ohio Food Collective, will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Aug. 7, Aug. 21, Sept. 4 and Sept. 25 at the center, located at 240 W. Oakland Ave.
Organizers say they selected Tuttle Park as a Free Mobile Produce Market location because it is easily accessible to Ohio State students and families.
More than a third of college students nationwide say they don’t get enough to eat, according to a 2018 national survey across multiple universities. A 2014 Ohio State survey found that 15 percent of students have a “very low level of food security.”
Mid-Ohio Food Collective provides the produce. The offerings each week will vary but will include a week’s worth of fresh fruits and vegetables.
To ensure the safety of residents and volunteers, Free Mobile Produce Markets are set up as a drive-thru and staffed by volunteers wearing masks and gloves who load the produce directly into the trunk or car.
Additional information on Free Mobile Produce Markets, including financial eligibility requirements, is available at www.GoLunch.club.