Another Second Harvest Health Fair Spreads Community Wellness

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Second Harvest Food Bank will host a Second Line to Health community health fair on Saturday, June 25 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the St. Thomas Community Health Center, 1936 Magazine Street in New Orleans. With a focus on health and well-being, the event is an opportunity for community members to access direct services and enroll in programs in the areas of physical and mental health, food access, fitness, literacy and nutrition.

We’re also in need of volunteers to help us with this important event! If you can lend your time this Saturday, please contact Programs Manager Melanie McGuire at mmcguire1@secondharvest.org or at 504-729-6340. 

“Community events like the Second Line to Health health fair are yet another way that Second Harvest Second Harvest works to solve hunger in South Louisiana,” said Natalie Jayroe, President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank. “In addition to traditional food assistance, Second Harvest connects individuals and families to resources that improve their access to nutritious foods, as well as programs and services that ultimately create sustainable solutions for those who need support.”

Participants will receive a free box of healthy food (one box per household) and referral assistance for neighborhood food pantries and youth programs that serve as open summer feeding sites for children.
Second Harvest Food Bank’s Client Services team will provide SNAP application assistance with help from both English- and Spanish-speaking staff members. Medicaid enrollment will also be available.

St. Thomas Community Health Center will offer health screenings including blood pressure, glucose, and vision. Dental health information will be provided by Just Kids Dental and the LSU Department of Psychiatry will offer stress-management assistance and mental health referrals.

Second Harvest Food Bank’s Cooking Matters program will present a class on shopping for nutritious foods on a budget. And participants will learn car seat safety tips with the YMCA New Orleans and the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. A limited number of car seats will also be given away, while supplies last.

Some organizations or programs may have eligibility requirements. Participants are encouraged to bring a state-issued ID.

The “Second Line to Health” community health fair is possible with the support of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Baptist Community Ministries, First NBC, and Aetna.

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