Valley National Bank “Pop Up” Moment at Mango Recreation Center

Photo 1 (L to R) – Mark Fernandez, Chief Marketing Officer, Valley National Bank; Thomas Mantz, Executive Director, Feeding Tampa Bay; Dario Loayza, VP, Relationship Manager, Valley National Bank; and Sara Palmer, VP, Community Impact, Valley National Bank.

Leaders from Valley National Bank and Feeding Tampa Bay “popped up” at the Mango Recreation Center on April 30 to surprise area kids with a delivery of fresh produce.

Elementary and middle school students in the Mango Recreation Center’s after-school program filled their backpacks with fresh tomatoes and a recipe card for at-home inspiration as part of Feeding Tampa Bay’s After School Meals Program. The program provides healthy meals and snacks to low-income children through existing after-school activities.

The surprise delivery also launched a new partnership between Valley National Bank and Feeding Tampa Bay’s newly-refurbished delivery truck, coined “Tater Tot.” The truck will deliver nutritious foods to children and families in Feeding Tampa Bay’s ten-county footprint through direct distribution efforts, such as its After School Meals and Mobile Pantry Programs.

Feeding Tampa Bay serves nearly 700,000 residents across west central Florida. Among those, 250,000 are children.

The “Pop Up Moment” at Mango Recreation Center is just one way Valley National Bank is showing its commitment to the community. These events are designed to randomly surprise individuals and groups who make a positive difference in the local community.

Photo 2 – Dario Loayza and Sara Palmer of Valley National Bank visiting with kids at the Mango Recreation Center.