One of the most recognized sounds as a child is the jingle played over and over by the local ice cream truck. All sorts of ice cream and promotional food are stacked in the ice cream truck and available for sale to happy kids and their wallet holding parents.
Many of the ice creams offered from the ice cream man are staples of our childhood. The baseball mitt shaped ice cream with a gumball stuck in the middle. The traditional snow cone and a chocolate dipped soft serve cone. While these all sound appealing, I can think of something they're lacking. Nutrition. Don't fret you health freaks, there's a new guy in town, he's stolen the ice cream mans truck and disguised it wonderfully as, the vegetable truck!
It drives around much like your typical ice cream truck, but instead of cavity and diabetes inducing treats, this is a healthy source for all of your vegetable needs driving at 5 miles an hour down your block. Detroit has been called a, "Food Desert," and a statistic showing that one neighborhood had 25 liquor stores compared to one grocery store, didn't help its reputation. Thankfully, a nonprofit Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corporation is working on getting food out to the urban areas. “Peaches and Greens” runs out of a more rural area in Detroit and grows its own produce. Now, the corporation has decorated their own vegetable truck and is cycling around the urban area of Detroit.
I can't say if they have their own jingle, but I can imagine the sadness a child might feel when they run out to the front yard telling, "Ice Cream!" and instead find lettuce and string beans. But it's about time eating healthy goes mainstream. Two Detroit teens hired to help with the vegetable truck service were presented with zucchini and had no idea what it was.
Perhaps they can start giving away custom stress balls in the shape of vegetables and fruits to educate those that are both knowledge and food hungry.