Children that struggle with food insecurity receive free and reduced meals at school throughout the year. While this system works to fight hunger when school is in session, the children using these programs struggle once again when school breaks for holidays. To combat this discrepancy, Feeding Tampa Bay brings community members together to fund programs like the Backpack Program. Partners assist in packing the backpacks full of nonperishable items like beans, rice, pasta, cereal, and vegetables which Feeding Tampa Bay then distributes to organizations like the Boys and Girls Club.
Our friends at ESPN wanted to tackle the issue of hunger with the teams competing in the Gasparilla Bowl this Thursday, December 21. Temple University and FIU players joined Feeding Tampa Bay at Straub Park on Sunday afternoon. Each team was split into offense and defense, making 4 groups compete to pack bags full of food the quickest. Once bags made it down the packing assembly line, they were loaded into Bad Boy Mowers and towed to the Feeding Tampa Bay trucks to be loaded for distribution. The Temple University offense was the first group to complete the challenge, followed by their defense, in just under 30 minutes! By the end of the day, 5300 bags were packed and 100,000 meals were created for children in need.
We’re grateful for the commitment these two teams made to fight child hunger and we’re excited to watch them fight to win the Gasparilla Bowl on Thursday!