Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice is hosting a free Farm Share food giveaway in the Lealman area on Saturday.
Justice is hosting the Farm Share event in partnership with the Pinellas Sheriff’s Police Athletic League, the Florida Dream Center and Adopt-A-Block, the Lealman Asian Neighborhood Family Center, and the Juvenile Welfare Board. Other county commissioners will also be there.
The produce giveaway will take place at 9 a.m. at the Lealman Connection Center, 3875 54th Ave. N. Free produce will be available while supplies last and no documentation is required to participate.
“The Lealman community is incredibly important to me and to our entire commission,” Justice said. “We continue to make Lealman a priority. Creating a Community Redevelopment Area, targeting funds to acquire land for workforce and affordable housing, and prioritizing staff time to target Lealman are just some of the ways we are looking to improve the quality of life. The Farm Share free produce giveaway is one more way to make things a little better.”
The unincorporated Lealman area is generally located between Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg on the north and south. It is roughly bounded by I-275 on the east and Park Street on the west. Kenneth City divides the area into two parts. Lealman is considered one of five zones of poverty in Pinellas County. Poverty, homelessness, unemployment, and access to healthy food choices are just some of the tremendous obstacles for residents.
Farm Share is a nonprofit organization dedicated to distributing nutritious foods to those in need. It serves as a link between farmers with surplus produce and social service agencies in Florida and throughout the southeastern United States. Last year Farm Share served more than 4 million Florida households and distributed 32,804,399 million pounds of food to hungry families.