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PHSA works to eliminate food deserts

Date(s): 9/7/2013

9 - 1 pm

306 Laura Lee Avenue Tallahassee, FL. 32301
Public Health Student Association at Florida State University

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GREG MCCRAY BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB GARDEN
Garden Club Clean Up Service Project
The Public Health Student Association at Florida State University (PHSA) is kicking off its partnership with the Greg McCray Boys and Girls Club by assisting with a garden clean-up project at the club. The Greg McCray Boys and Girls Club’s Garden Club’s Fall clean-up project will be on Saturday September 7th beginning at 9:00 am until 1:00 pm at the Greg McCray Boys and Girls Club; 306 Laura Lee Avenue 32301.
The Garden Club, established by the Damayan Garden Project, at the Greg McCray Boys and Girls Club is working in collaboration with PHSA to expand to provide environmental, social, and business development to the participating kids. The Public Health Student Association of Florida State University (PHSA) has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club to help educate youth members of the Boys and Girls Club on healthier diet choices and the long term effects of developing urban gardening. PHSA is requesting any donations of gardening tools and lumber (to build raised gardening beds) are greatly appreciated.
PHSA will be working with the youth members to develop systems to provide fruits and vegetables to the residents of Leon County who live in areas that are deemed food deserts by the Federal Government. Areas that are deemed food deserts are urban neighborhoods or rural towns where the walking and biking distance to access fresh, healthy, and affordable food, fruits, and vegetables is greater than one mile. The benefits to the Leon County residents are substantial and hope many will join the mission in supporting the foundation movement of providing fresh fruits and vegetables to those residents who are in need.
PHSA’s mission is to increase awareness of public health-related concerns and policies as well as facilitate and enhance the health status of Florida State University students, faculty, and its surrounding community by tackling, designing, and implementing the necessary changes to ensure a healthy future for our targeted populations
For questions about the PHSA’s involvement with the Boys and Girls Club garden, please contact Patrice C. Williams at pcw04@my.fsu.edu or (850) 339-1010
Patrice C. Williams, 850-339-1010

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