ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — A top official in the U.S. Department of Agriculture is visiting a mobile farmer’s market in northern Virginia to promote distribution of fresh, local produce in underserved communities.

Ed Avalos, a USDA undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs, will tour the Arcadia Mobile Farmer’s Market during its stop at a recreation center in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County on Thursday.

The farmer’s market is a retrofitted school bus that distributes vegetables, eggs and other products from local farms. It does business in neighborhoods that lack healthy food options, and it accepts government food vouchers.

Arcadia Food says on its website that they make weekly market stops, delivering healthy food to local neighborhoods, and also work with local schools to provide nutrition education.

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