SULPHUR SPRINGS, FL (WFLA) — A neon sign with the words “Fresh Produce” caught Briseida Martinez’s eye as she was driving on Sligh Avenue Saturday morning. More Health, a nonprofit organization with Tampa General Hospital, provides health and safety information to families in the Bay Area. The group hosted a Community Day at the Tampa Bay Harvest, Sustainable Living Project Garden, giving away free fresh and organic produce.
“I saw that sign as we were passing by and we had to stop,” Martinez said. “I had noticed the garden growing little by little but I didn’t know what it was. I thought maybe a school project. This is excellent.”
Martinez toured the garden with her cousin as Jesuit student volunteers chipped in with the effort. A grant is helping More Health provide not only free produce, but also nutrition and fitness classes to people in Sulphur Springs.
“Sulphur Springs is considered a food desert,” Carlene Lemaster, with More Health, said. “There aren’t many grocery stores to get fresh fruits and vegetables so people are very excited to get produce and share it with their families and neighbors.”
Almost every person who picked up produce mentioned telling other members of the community about the service. Many couldn’t believe it was free of charge. Martinez grew up in Cuba and misses the fresh produce. She says Cuba can only carry what’s in season and sells it right away.
“It’s very expensive when you go to the store and buy organic here. You think about it twice,” Martinez said. .”This is great. It’s the best idea because fresh is always better.”
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