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Tampa YMCA Celebrates Veggie Van Anniversary with BOGO Deal

The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Veggie Van – A Mobile Market Place with special discounts this month. Those who purchase a $1 Veggie Van bag of fresh produce will receive an extra bag for free. The Buy-One-Get-One deal will be available at the following scheduled stops:


Mondays, August 15 & August 29
1:302:30 p.m. Pasco Middle School – 13925 14th St., Dade City, FL

3:004:00 p.m. Lacoochee Elementary School – 38815 Cummer Rd., Dade City, FL

4:305:30 p.m. Stanley Park – 38724 Mudcat Grant Blvd., Dade City, FL

Sulphur Springs

Tuesdays, August 16 & 30

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School – 8412 N 13th St., Tampa, FL

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Sulphur Springs Resource Center – 8412 N 12th St., Tampa, FL

Tampa Heights

Wednesdays, August 17 & 31

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Lee Elementary School of Technology – 305 E Columbus Dr., Tampa, FL

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. A Brighter Community, Inc. – 1613 N Marion St., Tampa, FL


Thursday, August 18

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Bethune Recreation Center at Bethune Park – 5809 Edina St., Wimauma, FL

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. The Groves – 201 12th St., Wimauma, FL

Through the Veggie Van – A Mobile Market Place, the Tampa Y distributes fresh fruits and vegetables into targeted communities, which are labeled food deserts, across Hillsborough and East Pasco counties. A food desert is defined as an urban neighborhood without ready access to fresh, healthy and affordable food.Currently, the Y’s Veggie Van has planned distributions in the communities of Wimauma Village, Tampa Heights, Sulphur Springs and Lacoochee. Each of these locations has a demonstrated need for nutritional wellness.Community food distributions take place every two weeks on a rotating basis.

The Veggie Van serves adults with children in the household or that are designated caregivers, under 200 percent of the poverty line, free/reduced meals participants and from the targeted neighborhoods. The mobile market place has a nutritionist on staff to work with families on improving food preparation and cooking habits to minimize the risk of obesity, chronic disease and high blood pressure. The Veggie Van is possible thanks to generous funding from the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, The Joy McCann Foundation and Bank of America. To learn more about the Veggie Van, click here.


About the Tampa Y

The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA is a cause-driven 4-star charity, strengthening Hillsborough and East Pasco communities for more than 127 years, through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the Association, 18 facilities engage more than 160,000 men, women and children — regardless of age, income or background — to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve our community’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The Tampa Y has long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

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