DCF and Partner Agencies Hold Free Resource Fair and Distribute Food to Area Residents

Media Advisory: November 5, 2012
Contact: Nicole Stookey, Northwest Region Communications Director, (850) 509-2675

DCF and Partner Agencies Hold Free Resource Fair and Distribute Food to Area Residents
Partnership aims to promote well-being, good health and provide fresh, nutritious food to families and individuals in need

WHAT: The Florida Department of Children and Families, Gadsden County Health Department and Farm Share will host a free resource fair and food distribution for residents of Gadsden, Franklin, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties on Wednesday, November 7 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Farm Share in Quincy.

The “one-stop shop” event, which coincides with Diabetes Awareness Month, will bring together organizations serving Big Bend rural and urban areas to help residents learn more about health, family support and veteran’s services available throughout the community.

Assisted by numerous volunteer organizations, Farm Share will distribute fresh and nutritious food to those in need.

The resource fair and food distribution event will feature educational information on diabetes detection and prevention, dental screenings, health and nutrition information, fun exercise demonstrations, services for local veterans, low-cost health insurance options for Florida children ages 0-18, and short-term benefits programs like food stamps and Medicaid.

Held just before the holiday giving season kicks into high gear, the event underscores the year-round need for charitable giving. It highlights the volunteers and businesses that donate their time, talent and resources to help families in need and strengthen their communities. 

WHO: Numerous organizations serving residents of the Big Bend Region, including Farm Share, Gadsden County Health Department, Florida Department of Children and Families, Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Tobacco Free Florida, Gentiva Health Services, Apalachee Center, Sickle Cell Foundation and more.

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Media are invited to attend.

WHERE: Farm Share and Gadsden County State Farmers Market
                    18212 Blue Star Highway (Hwy 90 two miles west of Quincy)
                    Quincy, FL 32351

FOR MORE INFORMATION: For more information, please contact 850-413-8968.