Serving Hillsborough County and Zephyrhills

Since 1889, the Tampa YMCA has been responding to critical social needs and positively impacting the lives of children, adults and families across Hillsborough and East Pasco counties. Focused on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, the Tampa Y strengthens the community by empowering kids to succeed in school and in life, helping community members get healthier, developing leadership skills in teens and water safety skills.

The Veggie Van

The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA’s Veggie Van – A Mobile Market Place – meets the needs of individuals and families living in underserved areas of Hillsborough and East Pasco counties. Through the Veggie Van, the Y distributes fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables into targeted communities, which are labeled food deserts. A food desert is defined as an urban neighborhood without ready access to fresh, healthy and affordable food.

The Y’s Veggie Van stops in the communities of Tampa Heights, Sulphur Springs, Plant City, Dover, TGH Healthpark in Tampa, Wimauma and Lacoochee in Pasco County. For the low cost of $4/month, participants can join the Veggie Van and select their own fresh produce to fill two bags each month. Community food distributions take place the first and third weeks on every month. Veggie Van members can select fruits and veggies for their two monthly produce bags at any time during one of the stops.

The Veggie Van’s goal is to improve the overall well-being of participants and their families. In addition to providing produce, staff and volunteers deliver food demonstrations and healthy living tips. Working with families to improve food preparation, cooking and exercise habits helps minimize the risk of obesity, chronic disease and high blood pressure.

The Veggie Van is generously supported by: Publix Charities, Bank of America, Joy McCann Foundation, Tampa General Hospital, The Saunders Foundation and Interfaith Social Action Council of Sun City Center. For more information, contact Elizabeth.Roman@tampaymca.org.