“Fannie Lou” is a mini bus that has been converted to a Veggie Van.
“Fannie Lou” is a minibus that has been converted to a Veggie Van. It is named for Civil Rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. Hamer established the Freedom Farm Cooperative in Mississippi in 1969 as a rural economic development and political organizing project. The Cooperative sought to create conditions of self-sufficiency for Black farmers to alleviate poverty. This was done Cooperative through production and distribution of food to the poor. The Veggie Van takes fresh produce on a weekly basis to targeted communities that suffer from the lack of affordable and accessible fresh produce. Not only is fresh produce provided but also health information, cooking demonstrations and opportunities to register to vote. One of our customers was overheard saying, “I haven’t eaten fresh produce in years!” Our goal is to change that to at least weekly.