UW to close Mobile Market next week

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – A traveling produce market serving thousands of clients in the Wabash Valley will close next week.

The United Way of the Wabash Valley has been operating its Mobile Market since 2013; however, the organization has found the current setup isn’t working. Therefore, market will cease operations Tuesday, Dec. 17.

The Mobile Market was a program that was developed by the United Way’s Healthier by 2020 initiative with the goal of decreasing the percentage of adults and children who are obese within the community.

With the United Way’s current transition toward a more targeted community approach focusing on struggling working families, the Healthier by 2020 initiative will be included in the organization’s Community Health Impact Council moving forward.

“The United Way still believes in the Mobile Market’s mission but has found it difficult to execute an appointment type shopping experience in today’s environment to the clientele that needs the service the most,” Richard Payonk, the United Way Executive Director explained.

The Council will have a broader coverage on Community Health my promoting healthy lifestyles, improving access to preventative and behavioral health services with the overall goal of helping to move 10,000 families out of financial struggles and into stability.

Based on current resources the United Way will not begin operating the Community Health Impact Council until late 2020.

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