Pinellas County Urban League wants to change how communities of color eat with a series of cooking sessions that focus on healthier food options and lifestyle changes.

St. Petersburg, FL – It started as a conversation about health that grew into a grant aimed at improving the disparaging statistics on the diseases that plague the local African-American community. Pinellas County Urban League in partnership with the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, will host “Fuel for the Soul”- a series of free events that feature ways to eat beloved soul food dishes without the healthier ingredients. With the help of culinary veteran, Chef Kevin Harris, those in attendance will learn a new recipe and receive a complete set of ingredients to prepare the meal at home.

“We saw that there was a need for this kind of change in our community, so we found a way to make the change a lot more appealing,” explains Pinellas County Urban League Young Professional President, Demetrius Taylor.

The events will be hosted at A Taste of Gourmet Cafe. Chef Kevin and his team will demonstrate a different full-course meal during each session. Music, games, and giveaways will add to the experience of event attendees.

Pinellas Urban League Guild President, Dr. Loretta Caldwell-Thompson’s vision for Fuel for the Soul is clear: “The spirit of each event is fun. It’s a festive atmosphere in which people can gain information that will positively affect how they think about food and their health.”

Fuel for the Soul is a collaboration of Pinellas County Urban League Guild and Young Professional auxiliaries, made possible in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg. It’s free and open to the public. It will be held at Taste of Gourmet (4195 54th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33714) on September 12th and 21st at 6PM. For more information, visit http://pculyp.org/FUELFORTHESOUL.

The Pinellas County Urban League Guild and Young Professionals are auxiliary organizations of the Pinellas County Urban League which engage young and seasoned professionals across the Tampa Bay area. Fuel for the Soul is a joint effort of both groups to fulfill the organization’s vision of achieving social and economic equality for all. PCUL Guild and YP members support the goals and mission of the Pinellas County Urban League by serving local communities and empowering members through personal/professional development, political engagement, and community service.

The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg serves residents of South Pinellas County and the City of St. Petersburg to achieve health equity-- ensuring that every person, family and community has a fair opportunity to live a long disease-free, healthy life regardless of race, ethnicity, income level or gender preference. The Foundation is a private foundation, formed in 2013 following the sale of the nonprofit Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, with more than $150 million endowment to support our community. The primary areas of focus are grantmaking, convening, policy, advocacy and strategic communications.