United Way of North Central Florida
Provides free public access and referrals to non¬emergency social services for human service agencies, community clubs, interest groups, support groups, government services, recreation and education programs and health resources through our 2-1-1 information and referral helpline.
Norinda Yancey, Director of impact
2-1-1: free service provided by United Way that connects area residents to critical health and social service resources.
6031 NW 1st Place
Gainesville, FL 32607
UF Prostate Disease Center: Community Outreach & Education Program
Their mission is to reduce the morbidity and mortality of prostate cancer in the State of Florida through outreach and education.
Shannon Pressey, MS
Sisters Network, Inc. (SN)
SN seeks to bring awareness to the impact of breast cancer in the African American community. All chapters are run by breast cancer survivors. NE Florida Chapter is in Jacksonville.
904-757-6622; For Northeast Florida region: 904-757-6622
P.O. BOX 2939, Jacksonville, Florida 32203-2939
Rural Women’s Health Project
A nonprofit organization that creates and implements community-based, health-education projects, trainings, and materials to assist communities in strengthening their understanding of critical health, occupational and family issues.
North Florida Foundation for Cancer Care—Gainesville
Committed to delivering hope by sponsoring teams, underwriting seminars, awarding educational scholarships, supporting research and providing financial aid to patients and their families.
7000 NW 11th Place
Gainesville, FL 32605
North Central Florida Cancer Control Collaborative
Supports cancer patients, survivors, and their families through community-based events and partnerships. They provide the cancer community with networking opportunities and educational programs, and promote strategies for cancer control and prevention. North Central Florida Cancer Control Collaborative publishes the Cancer Resource Guide for North Central Florida and The Cancer Resource Blog.
1785 NW 80th Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32606
A free program that offers information, resources and referrals to individuals who are coping with a life-limiting or terminal illness.
352-692-5133; Toll free at 1-800-330-2858
Florida Right To Know Campaign
The Right To Know campaign promotes breast cancer screening for women living with disabilities through a set of educational printed and digital materials. These materials provide information directed at both women living with most types of disabilities, as well as health care providers. Materials are free and available on our website.
Florida Organic Growers
Florida Organic Growers (FOG) offers SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps) recipients the opportunity to use their benefits to purchase food at two farmers markets in Alachua County: the Saturday Alachua County Farmers Market and the Wednesday Union Street Farmers Market. Debit/Credit capabilities are also available.
WHO CAN USE THIS SERVICE?
EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) technology allows those with SNAP benefits (food stamps) to use their EBT cards at the farmers markets to purchase acceptable items.
Those who wish to use debit or credit cards will also be able to use their cards at the market.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The project uses a token system to enable customers with EBT, Debit or Credit Cards to shop at the farmers markets. Here’s how it works:
1. A customer swipes the EBT, Debit or Credit card at the central POS terminal and enters the PIN.
2. The FOG staff enters the amount of tokens requested into the terminal.
3. Once the transaction is approved, the customer is given a transaction receipt and tokens.
4. The customer then uses the tokens at any participating vendor’s stand.
WHEN ARE THE FARMERS MARKETS?
The Union Street Farmers Market runs every Wednesday from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.
The Alachua County Farmers Market is every Saturday from 8:30am to 1:00pm.
WHY SHOULD I SHOP AT THE FARMERS MARKET?
A diet consisting of at least five servings (2 to 3 cups) of fruits and vegetables daily decreases the risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes and certain cancers. Those who consume eight or more servings are 22 percent less likely to die from heart disease than those who consume three or fewer servings a day. Buying from a farmers market means you’re able to purchase food often picked within a couple days of the market date, so its nutritional quality is still high, and it oftentimes hasn’t traveled across the country using valuable fuel resources. It also means your dollar is going back into the local economy, helping the farmers and other business owners in the community.
WHAT ELSE WILL BE OFFERED?
The on-site FOG market booth will be an informational and education hub, with community resources on gardening, nutrition, cooking, community events and opportunities. It will also provide a place where people can learn how to enroll in SNAP.
P.O. Box 12311, Gainesville, FL 32604
Florida Department of Health
The Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Comprehensive Cancer Control Program provides information and resources for individuals regarding cancer and related topics.