Our volunteers are a diverse bunch – from corporations to families to individuals to school groups – so for Volunteer Appreciation Month, we wanted to say thank you in ways that would fit each group’s interest! For those of you who like to be outside and hands-on, we set up a volunteer experience picking blueberries at the Frogmore Fresh Blueberry Farm; for those of you passionate about feeding hungry children, we held our 2nd Annual Cereal for Summer campaign; and for those of you who wanted client interaction, we held a Family Night Mobile Pantry. We hope each of you found an activity that allowed you to connect with us, and the community, in a meaningful way.
Thank you for all that you do for Feeding Tampa Bay, #HungerHeroes! We appreciate you this month, and always.
Friday, April 21st, Feeding Tampa Bay celebrated our corporate partners with our Cocktails & Corporate Appreciation Event. We served wine and appetizers while members of our corporate teams shared stories about their volunteer experience with Feeding Tampa Bay and the reasons they are drawn to its mission. We honored PwC and Bank of America as two of our Top Volunteer Groups for their enthusiasm and commitment to a hunger-free Tampa Bay. Feeding Tampa Bay is grateful to have corporate partners as allies in the fight against hunger. Together, we will create a healthier community.
Our volunteers requested more opportunities to interact with clients and we delivered!
In honor of Volunteer Appreciation, Feeding Tampa Bay held a different kind of family night this month. On April 13th, 49 volunteers arrived at University Area Community Development Center ready to serve our hungry neighbors. Volunteers had the opportunity to sort produce and nonperishable food into family-sized boxes and distribute them directly to clients. In addition to packing boxes, volunteers and clients could engage in a number of activities, ranging from face painting to obstacle courses to lemonade making! Altogether, our volunteers packed and distributed 190 boxes of food to clients, feeding 657 people (392 adults and 265 children).
We’re glad this event was a success and we’re grateful for the opportunity to bring our community together in the name of food.
Feeding Tampa Bay was proud to celebrate Wawa Day with our valued partner on Thursday, April 13th. At the event, our friends at Wawa Tampa presented Feeding Tampa Bay with a check for $40,754 from The Wawa Foundation. With this check, Wawa has now contributed funds to support over 2 million meals through Feeding Tampa Bay. We are proud to be partners with an organization that is so dedicated to its community.
Wawa Day originated with the opening of the first Wawa store in 1964, and is now the anniversary of The Wawa Foundation. The Wawa Foundation is the vehicle that enables the company to build stronger communities through partnerships with nonprofits around the country. The goal of the foundation is to donate $50 million to charities revolving around “Health, Hunger, and Everyday Heroes” by 2018. As of yesterday, Wawa has met $35 million of its goal.
Feeding Tampa Bay is gracious for these #HungerHeroes and all they do to strengthen the lives of those in our community.
With the help of its customers, Publix Super Markets donated $72,500 to Feeding Tampa Bay on April 13, 2017, to help the organization fight hunger. The donation came through the Publix’s Food For All campaign, a holiday program aimed at fighting hunger and promoting self-sufficiency in our community. Customers and associates participated by purchasing contribution cards in $1, $3, and $5 amounts, which were scanned and added to the bill upon checkout. The point-of-purchase fundraiser distributed more than $5 million from the 2016 campaign to nonprofit charities across its southeastern territory. In the Tampa area, Publix distributed $779,000 to 27 different charities. Feeding Tampa Bay is honored to have Publix as an ally in the fight against hunger and as a partner in creating change in our community.
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