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MEDIA ALERT: Healthy Food Truck Rodeo

March 30, 2017

WHAT: Virginia’s fifth annual Weight of the State childhood obesity prevention conference will feature a demonstration of how mobile farmers’ markets and mobile cafés from across Virginia are tackling the issues of hunger and obesity on four wheels. PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. IT IS ONLY OPEN TO ATTENDEES OF THE WEIGHT OF THE STATE CONFERENCE.

WHERE: Hilton Richmond Hotel at Short Pump, 12042 W. Broad St.

WHEN: Monday, April 3, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

DETAILS: Mobile food delivery vehicles will be featured from four innovative nonprofit and government organizations:

- Shalom Farms Grown to Go mobile market (Richmond)

- Lynchburg Grows Veggie Van

- Fredericksburg City Public Schools’ City Schools Mobile Café

- Capital Area Food Bank’s Mobile Meals Bus (Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C.)

Conference attendees will be touring the mobile markets and cafés and learning how to replicate the events in their own community. Mobile markets work to solve the problem of access to nutritious food in communities across the commonwealth by traveling to communities that lack access to healthy food and summer meals.

CONTACT: Richard Foster, (804) 497-0871 or


ABOUT THE WEIGHT OF THE STATE: Virginia's fifth Weight of the State conference, to be held April 3-4, at the Hilton Richmond Hotel, highlights the state’s efforts to bridge the nutritional divide, showcasing the latest approaches to increasing access to healthy foods, ending childhood hunger and creating healthier communities. National, state and local experts will share cutting-edge tactics for promoting healthy nutrition and closing the hunger gap, including community-based approaches and policy changes. Speakers scheduled for the conference include Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe and Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources Dr. Bill Hazel.


Established in 1999 by the Virginia General Assembly, the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY) empowers Virginia’s youth to make healthy choices by promoting active, nutritious and tobacco-free living.


The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth issues grants for programs and initiatives to reduce and prevent youth tobacco use and childhood obesity throughout the Commonwealth each year. 


The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth's mission includes reducing and preventing youth tobacco use.


Obesity is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled. The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth works to reduce and prevent childhood obesity by funding and training community-based coalitions.


The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth has provided quality regional trainings to prevention professionals throughout the state of Virginia since 2005.