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“We’re all about kids, we’re all about health, and we’re all about helping neighbors.”

Tom Looby
President and CEO, Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA

Veggie Van with the Tampa YMCA

Not only does the Tampa YMCA’s Veggie Van bring fresh produce to the region’s urban food deserts, but it is also one of the first locally to specialize in serving food swamps, or rural areas with lack of access to healthy food options. The Veggie Van combines the festive, health inspiring atmosphere of a traveling farmer’s market with the valuable services of a mobile food pantry to ensure low-income families are able to set their tables with fresh fruits and vegetables. With a nutritionist on board, the Veggie Van brings neighbors access to cooking and nutrition tips, taste-filled recipes and referrals for additional health services.


The Tampa Tribune: New YMCA Veggie Van Rolling into Tampa Food Deserts Read Article

ABC Action News: Veggie Van Rolls into Food Deserts in Tampa Bay Read Article

10 News: YMCA Veggie Van Rolling Through the Bay Area Read Article