This month, ABC Action News and Seacoast Bank hosted the Food for Families food drive hoping to alleviate some of the budget strains families in need will face this summer. As we enter the summer months, family budgets that are already stretched thin are stressed even further while school is out. When school closes for the summer season, child care expenses increase and food budgets are divided more than usual since children no longer receive free meals on campus.
Throughout the food drive, ABC and Seacoast have made pushes to the community to bring in nonperishable goods to local Seacoast Bank locations. While these donation sites have been open all month long, the food drive team also hosted two community collection days at the Seacoast Bank on MacDill Ave. During these days, donors could drop-off canned goods and personal items, make a cash donation to the campaign, and collect a branded reusable bag for their contribution. During those two days alone, Food for Families brought in 35,181 meals for Tampa Bay!
Whether you’re looking for a fun outing with friends, shopping for furniture, or looking for ways to get fit, you can join the fight against hunger!
Craft beer enthusiasts unite! $1 of every Pub Pass purchase is donated to Feeding Tampa Bay, creating 10 meals for our community. Get yours today!
IKEA Feeding the Future
Heading to IKEA for new patio furniture? Stop by the cafeteria! IKEA will donate $1 for each children’s meal sold from June 1-June 30, 2018. Additionally, customers will have the opportunity to donate at checkout at all IKEA registers throughout the store.
Yoga with a Twist
Take a class and enjoy a glass (of champagne) on the last Sunday of July (7/29)! For every yogi in attendance, Conscious Coconut will give a child a meal through Feeding Tampa Bay! The first 5 people to arrive get a free tube of Conscious Coconut oil. Sign up!
Epic Chef Series
Beginning July 16, watch local chefs compete in an 8-week competition to see who is the most EPIC! Celebrate the role of food in our community and join us for the watch parties in the Epicurean Lounge or watch the livestream from the comfort of your home. Learn more.
One of the most basic solutions to common health issues is in what we eat. Food is crucial to our growth, development, mental capacity, and well-being. Food is at the intersection of health and hunger.
Recognizing this, our partners at Florida Blue have taken action to help us provide this most basic need to the hungry neighbors in our community. Florida Blue donated 2 refrigerated trucks to Feeding Tampa Bay in order to increase the amount of fresh produce distributed to food insecure families in our area (as seen below).
This donation is significant in not only bringing sustenance to individuals unsure of where they will find their next meal, but also in providing foods high in nutritional content to those lacking essential vitamins and minerals.
In case you missed it on social media, Feeding Tampa Bay and Florida Blue have been following the 2 trucks on their distribution routes through Hillsborough and Pasco counties and documenting their stops. From now until June 30, anyone able to spot these 2 vehicles along their route, grab a photo, and post to social media using #bluefeedstampabay will be entered to win a limited edition Bolts Blue Flame cookbook! Join the search and check out our social media pages for more information on the truck routes!
June 14, 2018 — BJ’s Wholesale Club today announced a $50,000 donation from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation to Feeding Tampa Bay, a Feeding America® member food bank. BJ’s donation will provide fresh, nutritious food to children across the region through Feeding Tampa’s Hunger-Free Summer Mobile Pantry Program.
“BJ’s is committed to nourishing our communities and helping families thrive, and we’re excited to support Feeding Tampa Bay’s Hunger-Free Summer Mobile Pantry Program,” said Kirk Saville, executive director, BJ’s Charitable Foundation. “Hunger-relief programs are crucial for children and families who lose access to school lunches in the summer. Through our partnership with Feeding America, we’re helping to provide access to fresh, healthy food to families when school is out for the summer.”
With BJ’s $50,000 grant, Feeding Tampa Bay will increase the number of mobile food pantries it operates to 114, enabling the food bank to reach more children and expand its efforts to mitigate childhood hunger.
“Feeding Tampa Bay tries to reach more families and children each year through our mobile pantry program,” said Thomas Mantz, executive director, Feeding Tampa Bay. “During the summer, child hunger spikes as students no longer receive their daily meals at school. With BJ’s generous support, we will be able to increase the number of healthy meals and snacks we distribute and increase our impact on child hunger this summer.”
During the school year, more than 22 million children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. In the summer months, fewer than 4 million children receive free or reduced-priced meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program. From mobile and school pantries to congregate meal sites in public areas like summer camps, the Feeding America network operates different program models to increase the number of meals provided to children over the summer.
Since 2009, BJ’s has provided ongoing support to Feeding America through the BJ’s Charitable Foundation and BJ’s Feeding Communities® program, helping local food banks successfully expand their programs to reach wider and more diverse audiences.
In addition to summer programming and capacity-building grants from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation, BJ’s has secured over 70 million pounds of donated food, including fresh produce, frozen meats and fish, baked goods and dairy items, and helped distribute 58 million meals to neighbors in need through the BJ’s Feeding Communities® program.
To learn more about the BJ’s, visit BJs.com.
When school lets out, so does access to a regular breakfast and lunch for many children and teens. The Summer Food Service Program tackles this issue by providing support to meal sites where students can receive free, nutritious meals during the summer months when school is not in session. 250,000 youth can worry less this summer thanks to the Florida Department of Agriculture.
Summer Feeding Sites:
Tampa Bay Christian Academy
6815 N Rome Ave, Tampa FL 33604
Breakfast and Lunch M-F
After School All-Stars (Located at Village of Excellence)
4702 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33617
Breakfast and Lunch M-TH
Tampa Bay —June 1, 2018—Feeding Tampa Bay today announced a $50,000 grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation to fund its School Pantry Program. Employees from Morgan Stanley’s Tampa branches volunteered at Feeding Tampa Bay as part of Morgan Stanley’s “Feeding Kids Around the Clock” initiative, 24-hours of continuous employee volunteer activities around the world dedicated to raising awareness of childhood hunger.
The School Pantry Program provides nutritious food to children and their families in convenient, familiar and safe locations, such as a school.
The Foundation awarded a total of $1,000,000 in grants to Feeding America® member food banks across the country. Since 2009, the Foundation has partnered with Feeding America, a nationwide network of 200 food banks, and given more than $23 million to help launch, expand and sustain critical child nutrition programs.
“We are thrilled to receive this important grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation in support of our efforts to deliver more nutritious meals to children and families in Tampa,” said Feeding Tampa Bay’s Marketing Director, Jayci Peters. “Morgan Stanley and its employees provide vital support for Feeding Tampa Bay with generous contributions of funds and volunteer work like this.”
“We are honored to be at Feeding Tampa Bay,” said Complex Manager Stan Carter. “Our employees are delighted to be part of the kick off of Global Volunteer Month and extend our support to the children in our community.”
“Grants like this from Morgan Stanley make a vital difference in our efforts to provide children with the nutritious meals they need every day,” said Matt Knott, President of Feeding America. “Nearly 13 million children in the United States live at risk of hunger. Together, we can fight hunger and help children get the fuel they need to grow healthy and strong.”
Today marks the start of hurricane season, a time when individuals and organizations statewide gear up for any stormy weather that may come our way. This year is no exception! Feeding Tampa Bay is prepared to provide relief to those in need in the event of a storm. Prepare yourself and take advantage of the Disaster Preparedness Tax Credit taking place this week!
For more information on how to prepare, click here.