While the shutdown has temporarily ended and long-awaited paychecks are in sight, families still face the financial burdens caused by the suspension. With paychecks on a 5-week delay, no back-pay for contract workers, and halted SNAP benefits until March, the road to recovery will take time. Feeding Tampa Bay will continue to offer additional support to the community during the temporary reopening as families and individuals attempt to get caught up.
If you are in need of food assistance, Feeding Tampa Bay has set up weekly pantries at the following locations where you can receive a box of shelf-stable products, meat, bread, and fresh produce.
To find additional food pantries near you, please visit our Find Food page or download the Bytes to Bites app on your smartphone.
SNAP benefits for February will be distributed by January 20th. Regardless of the status of the shutdown, additional funds will not be distributed in February.
For financial assistance or connection to other social services, please contact 211.
For tips on how to rebuild your credit following the government shutdown, check out this posting from creditcards.com.
In the weeks following the shutdown, volunteers are needed more than ever. With more families in need, increased product, and additional distributions, we need help sorting donations and distributing food to our neighbors. Sign up for a shift today!
In certain circumstances, like a government shutdown, budgets are suddenly stretched thin and the need for emergency food increases. Monetary donations are the most effective way to make an immediate impact as it allows the food bank network flexibility to mobilize and respond quickly. Make a donation to help provide nutritious foods, like fresh produce and meat, to those struggling to put food on their table.
Contribute to relief efforts by hosting a food drive for the federal employees. Here are some of the most needed items:
Breakfast items | pasta & pasta sauce | canned chicken or tuna | rice | peanut butter | diapers | wipes | shampoo & conditioner | toilet paper
Individuals and families in need of food assistance can call us at 813.254.1190 with any questions.