Milton, FL - Santa Rosa County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) will sponsor the First Annual Tobacco Free Farm Share event Saturday, November 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Santa Rosa County Fair Grounds.  The event is free, open to the public, and tobacco-free.  Additional sponsors include the United Way of Santa Rosa County, Americorps of Florida, and the Department of Children and Families. 



Registration will begin at 10 a.m.  Participants will have the opportunity to visit with on site vendors offering educational materials on health and safety and will be entered into a drawing for one of several prizes.  Music will be provided by Music by Matt.    



Santa Rosa County residents with a valid photo ID will also be eligible for the free food and clothing distribution that will take place at the event.  Supplies will be available for approximately 750 families in need, and distribution will be on a first come, first served basis.  Proof of financial eligibility is not required.



"Conducting the Tobacco Free Farm Share will be a great way for SWAT to give back to the community," SWAT County Chair Magi Linscott said.  "And by giving to those in need, we will all learn the true spirit of the Thanksgiving season."



SWAT was re-established in Santa Rosa County in 2007 and, currently, students from seven Santa Rosa County middle and high schools participate.  "This group is committed to serving their community," said Robbie Leggett, tobacco prevention specialist with the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County and advisor to the SWAT youth.  "This is a great opportunity to bring together various community partners with a common goal of giving back to the community."



Mission Statement:  Swat is Florida's statewide youth organization working to mobilize, educate and equip Florida youth to revolt against and de-glamorize Big Tobacco.  SWAT is a united movement of empowered youth working towards a tobacco free future.