Community FoodBank hosted a health fair on Friday, August 2nd. Located inside the marketplace, representatives from local organizations had display tables and booths set up, and welcomed customers who had arrived for their grocery shopping. The health fair was organized by San Benito County Public Health and had displays featuring:
- San Benito County Tobacco Education Program
- San Benito County CalFresh Healthy Living Program
- San Benito County Opioid Task Force
- Suicide Prevention Services
- Jovenes de Antano
- Hollister Child Development Center
- Youth Alliance
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Anthem Blue Cross
These 10 local resources showcased their services by sharing educational materials, food samples, goodie bags and games. Volunteers and organizers were on hand to speak to the customers as they came through.
Veronica Johnson of the San Benito County Opioid Task Force explained that one of the things they were doing during the fair was handing out free sharps containers and explaining proper disposal drop-offs such as Walgreens or John Smith Landfill.
Champions of Change for San Benito county had a display of different amounts of sugars in drinks like Gatorade, Vitamin water, and soda, to help educate people about the consumption of sugary drinks.
Community FoodBank board member and San Benito County Health Education Associate, Erika Vallin, handed out smoothies as a healthy alternative.
With such a positive response from our customers and our partners, we plan to host the health fair once per quarter at Community FoodBank.
Photos courtesy of Lisa Robinson Photography
Community Food Bank’s mission is to provide food, nutritional education and advocacy for our neighbors in need within San Benito County.