Since 2014, Bon Secours St. Petersburg has partnered with the Pinellas Department of Health and the Saturday Morning Market to provide Healthy Bucs vouchers to low income patients served by the Florida Department of Health’s Obesity Clinic. These vouchers allow patients to purchase healthy fresh fruit and vegetables at affordable prices, so that patients are able access necessary and nutritious food. Now on the journey to becoming an evidence-based program, Healthy Bucs compliments the nutritional counseling clinic patients receive so they can afford to make healthy choices for themselves and their families.
Fresh & Healthy
Funding was provided to the St Petersburg Free Clinic to increase access to fresh and healthy food, and strengthen diabetes nutrition education. Fresh & Healthy cooking demonstrations included health education sessions with a nurse educator, a cooking demonstration and tasting, and handouts with recipes. Attendees were given “Healthy Bucs” vouchers they could use to purchase seasonal produce at the Saturday Morning Market.