Monthly Archives: October 2017

Cheers to Giving Back

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Our partners at Breakthru Beverage Florida are at it again! Breakthru Beverage, along with Jackson Family Wines and La Crema Winery have committed to another year of fighting hunger in our community. This year, we have renewed our partnership at an even higher level – the team has committed $10,000 to our organization, which will provide 100,000 meals for our food insecure neighbors. Not only will this partnership provide meals for those in need, but it will also raise awareness of the issue of hunger in our community. In addition to the commitment of funds, Breakthru Beverage has also committed to volunteer hours. On two separate dates during the holiday season, our partners at Breakthru Beverage will join us in our warehouse to sort non-perishable items.

Thanks to the support of these partners, Feeding Tampa Bay can bring food to the tables of our 700,000 neighbors in the Tampa Bay area that struggle with hunger.

Food Love partnership supports mission to end hunger in our community

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Bite Squad yesterday announced a partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay to support the nonprofit organization’s mission to change lives one meal at a time by leading the community in the fight against hunger. The Food Love partnership, which provides the food bank with charitable funding and employee volunteers, kicks off on World Food Day, observed around the world on October 16, in collective action against hunger.

“While it is our job to deliver food that people love to hungry customers, we are keenly aware of our neighbors who are battling true hunger,” said Liz Sniegocki, Field Marketing Manager for Bite Squad. “Through our Food Love partnership, we’re collaborating with outstanding local organizations to give back and help fight hunger in the communities we serve.”

The Food Love partnership initiative launches today in the Tampa and St. Petersburg communities with the donation of one dollar for every delivery order placed with a dedicated promotional code on the Bite Squad ordering platform, through November 30. The partnership also includes sponsorship of Feeding Tampa Bay’s Family Night on November 17, at the Feeding Tampa Bay warehouse, including volunteer support from Bite Squad at the event.

“For every dollar we donate, Feeding Tampa Bay can provide up to 10 meals to people who need them,” said Sniegocki. “Bite Squad is thrilled to support this organization and their efforts to provide food to the more than 700,000 hungry people in the region.”

Feeding Tampa Bay is one of six Food Love partners along with All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota, FL, Bread of the Mighty Food Bank in Gainesville, FL, Arkansas Food Bank in Little Rock, AR, Hawaii Food Bank in Honolulu, HI and The Gathering Place at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. Bite Squad has pledged to donate up to $5,000 nationwide towards the 2017 Food Love partnership to help end hunger locally.

Sun, Fun, Run

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Health is an important component to a stronger community, and is a priority to Feeding Tampa Bay and Getaway 5K/10K. This event brings fitness, health and community to the forefront and allows our participants a chance to build their own health while giving our neighbors in need a chance at a healthier future. Join us as we band together to run out hunger in Tampa Bay.

When: November 5, 2017

Where: Albert Whitted Park, St. Petersburg, FL

Details: Sun, Fun, Run! Escape to the Getaway 10K & 5K! This experience is designed for the entire family. No matter what your age, you’re sure to have a good time. The St. Petersburg event will feature a 10K, 5K, a one-mile walk and a fun run designed especially for the kids. You can run, walk or skip the course. It doesn’t matter as long as you’re moving! The fun begins before the race, continues on the course and culminates in our beach-themed post-race celebration which will include vendors, music, food & beverage and a play area for kids. 10K finishers will receive a 1/4 zip, sweat-wicking pullover jacket, with thumbholes and an embroidered logo. All other race participants will receive an event t-shirt. 10K and 5K finishers will receive a specially designed finisher’s medal. The Getaway 10K & 5K will be fun for everyone!

The Getaway 5K/10K has pledged to match up to $1,000 of donations to Feeding Tampa Bay received through registrations, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $750 – remember, $1 = 10 meals for the community! Register now.

BC/EFA Donates $400,000 to Hurricane Recovery in Florida and Puerto Rico

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS announced today that it is awarding $400,000 in emergency grants to organizations working on-the-ground in Florida and Puerto Rico providing immediate support to communities devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. These grants are in addition to $175,000 awarded in Texas after Hurricane Harvey.

On behalf of the entire Broadway and Off-Broadway community, Broadway Cares is providing a $200,000 grant to the Hispanic Federation, $50,000 to Feeding South Florida, $50,000 to Feeding Tampa Bay and $100,000 to entertainment industry and performing arts professionals across Florida and Puerto Rico through The Actors Fund.

“With this paralyzing devastation caused by natural disasters over the past several weeks, the Broadway community has been among the first to offer support and a helping hand up,” Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Executive Director Tom Viola said. “We’re proud to act on behalf of the theatre community to fund immediate, on-the-ground assistance to communities desperate for relief from these catastrophic tragedies.”

The organizations supported by these emergency Grants are already providing critical support and vital resources to areas and individuals impacted by the devastating effects of the hurricanes across Florida and Puerto Rico.

Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc across the Caribbean before making landfall as a Category 4 hurricane in Florida, causing mass devastation across the Florida Keys, southern Florida and in the Tampa area. Hurricane Maria followed a similar path just days later, delivering its greatest wrath on Puerto Rico. The storm knocked out power for the entire island and left hundreds of thousands homeless, creating apocalyptic devastation and a still-unfolding humanitarian crisis.

The $200,000 emergency grant to the Hispanic Federation will provide first responders with transportation to San Juan, as well as supply them with trucks and other relief equipment to respond to the most basic critical and logistical needs.

“I am incredibly grateful to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS for their swift and generous response to the desperate situation faced by my people of Puerto Rico,” said Luis Miranda Jr., founding president of the Hispanic Federation. “Through my son, Lin-Manuel, I have gotten to know this fantastic Broadway community, where everyone is brought into the family in the spirit of teamwork and support. This grant to the Hispanic Federation’s relief effort will make an incredible impact, here at the start of what will be a long journey to recovery.”

Thomas Mantz, executive director of Feeding Tampa Bay, echoed the long-term need for support of their communities. “We know that many people lost wages during the storm, and this has strained family budgets and created an income deficit,” Mantz said. “We also know that most do not have insurance or the means to restock their pantries. While the storm is long gone, the effects will linger on.”

Feeding South Florida has been particularly focused on sending supplies to the Florida Keys, which were hit by Hurricane Irma when it was a Category 4 storm. The organization has also been supporting cities with boil-water advisories, and supplying police and fire departments with water and meals.

“Feeding South Florida was the first to get water, meals, snacks, and non-food items such as personal hygiene products, paper towels, toilet paper and diapers to the keys,” said Feeding South Florida Director of Community Relations Sari Vatske. “Since Irma hit, we’ve distributed more than 3 million pounds of supplies. All this to say, your support is most appreciated.”

Broadway Cares also will be sending $100,000 to The Actors Fund to aid its emergency financial support for entertainment industry professionals in Florida and Puerto Rico. This is in addition to the $50,000 sent in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey hitting Texas.

“These grants would not be possible without the tireless efforts and endless support from the Broadway community andBroadway Cares supporters,” Viola said. “Every ticket purchased to one of our events and every vintage Playbill bought at the Flea Market is making a real, tangible difference in the lives of those who need it most. As Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions head into our fall fundraising efforts next month, we’ll continue to look for ways to augment these recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas.”

On August 31, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS awarded $175,000 in grants to 17 social service organizations based in Houston and across Texas and the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Harvey struck. These emergency grants reached local organizations that might be overlooked by government and other hurricane relief initiatives and for whomBroadway Cares’ unrestricted grants can be put to work immediately on the ground.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $285 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts. Broadway Cares also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states, providing lifesaving medication, healthy meals, counseling and emergency assistance.