Garden on the Go has officially marked 50,000 transactions since making its first stop less than three years ago. Indiana University Health's produce truck brings fresh fruits and veggies to areas that may be considered food deserts.
They celebrated the milestone with a prize for the 50,000th customer. Lisa Cole, manager of community outreach for IU Health says the big winner receives a year of fresh produce.
"We know that our average transaction is about $7," explains Cole. "So, the winner will get 50 weeks of $7 worth of groceries for the next year."
Gaynell Fryer is the recipient of the prize that was awarded at Lugar Towers Wednesday afternoon. The same location that kicked off the program in 2011. Fryer buys produce there every week and says the stop saves her money and helps her stay healthy.
"I thank the Lord they come because I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables," says Fryer.
At another stop at Eastern Star Church this week, Katina Hartfield says the program has allowed her family to try healthier options.
"My kids are like, 'Hey we like this,' so it's not going to waste," she says. "I don't feel like I'm going to have to throw it in the trash."
Recently recognized with a Hospital Charitable Awards "Program of Excellence" the Garden on the Go will soon expand with a stop in Hendricks County.