For the second year in a row, mobile produce market operators from across the United States will visit University at Buffalo for a two-day summit.
The second annual Mobile Market Summit is set for March 24 to 25 at UB and builds off the success of last year’s event, the nation’s first-ever gathering of mobile produce market representatives.
“Mobile markets are becoming an increasingly popular solution to food access challenges in many communities. I helped start a mobile market when there weren’t many other models to follow and understand how challenging it can be to start what is basically a small business from scratch,” said summit organizer Dr. Lucia Leone, assistant professor of community health and health behavior in the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions.
“I think that being able to learn and be supported by others who are dealing with the same challenges really helps improve the likelihood of success,” added Leone.
Last year about 100 participants attended, from representatives of organizations interested in starting a mobile market, to those who already have one and want to learn from their peers, to potential funders. The team hopes to attract even more people this year
The summit features two keynote speakers this year: Dr. Sean C. Lucan, MD, MPH, associate professor of family and social medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine; and Ms. Devita Davison, executive director of FoodLab Detroit.
Dr. Lucan’s talk will focus on increasing access to healthy food options through mobile markets. Ms. Davison will address the relationship between food access and social justice.