On September 1, we unveiled our three-year strategic plan simplified brand name. We’re now known as Feeding Tampa Bay. This change comes as part of our sweeping effort to connect the region with the issue of hunger while representing our focus and commitment to enriching the lives of the 700,000 who go hungry each day.
Our three-year strategic plan, which we’ve titled Be Food Forward, invites the community to join us as we tackle hunger with greater clarity of mission, specific goals, new programs and tactics – all of which will result in healthier outcomes for our friends and neighbors.
Moving forward, the food bank will align its operations under three main themes:
We work under a collaborative model with hundreds of agency partners, thousands of donors and tens of thousands of volunteers. By developing and implementing new education programs and partnership connections while working with local civic leaders, donors, volunteers, and many others, the food bank will energize and mobilize the community around hunger.
Having already doubled our food into the community over the last three years (from 20 million meals to 40 million meals), we still need to do more to close the hunger gap. By year three, we plan to be distributing more than 60 million meals each year. In order to meet this significant goal, our food delivery mechanisms will need to become more mobile, agile and responsive. That’s not all, though. We also have a goal of 70% healthy foods – and this means more perishable items. Not only do we plan to capture more of this great product, but we will also find ways to preserve and enrich these terrific foods.
Food is not just sustenance, it’s a health prescription. Food is the means by which everyone – children, families, seniors – are able to engage in the lives we all desire to live. Good food leads to good outcomes – our product is food, our outcome is health. Partnering with a variety of education and health leaders, our collective work will enable our community’s health, which will enable and enrich the health of all who would need food.
Join us in our mission ensure no one in Tampa Bay has to go hungry. You can Be Food Forward with us by doing any of the following:
Spread the Word: Share hunger facts or engage with us on social media by using the hashtag #BeFoodForward
Volunteer: We can’t do what we do without your help! Consider signing up for a volunteer shift by clicking here.
Start a Virtual Food Drive: Get your friends and family involved by organizing a Virtual Food Drive—an easy, seamless way to collect food for those in need. Check it out by clicking here, or set up your own by emailing Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donate: Every $1 you donate doesn’t just equal 10 meals—it’s 10 moments hungry families in Tampa Bay can be happier and healthier. You can donate today by clicking here.