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.
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.