Since there are many factors contributing to hunger in our area, Feeding Tampa Bay has developed programs addressing each. From feeding hungry children between school meals, to making sure those without transportation have nutritious food to eat, our programs can mean the difference between eating and not eating for the food insecure.
We act as our region’s hub for hunger relief. We partner with more than 600 local charities and food pantries to distribute emergency food supplies across our 10-county region.
Those who can’t afford food often can’t afford transportation, either. That’s why Feeding Tampa Bay developed the Mobile Pantries program to bring nutritious foods to designated “food deserts” – areas where quality, affordable foods are lacking. Refrigerated trucks allow us to pick up fresh food donations from donors and deliver it directly to those in need.
Feeding Tampa Bay has developed a response plan to ensure that critical services can get to those who need them in an emergency. With support of the Feeding Tampa Bay Food Bank Network and our partners, we can provide donated food and other essential grocery items during a disaster.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program, or TEFAP, is a federal program that supplies us with foods from the USDA to distribute to low-income families across a 7-county area. These supplemental foods range in variety from fresh apples to frozen catfish and are distributed to select agencies that must adhere to strict compliance regulations.
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My Mobile Market is a “pop-up style market/mobile grocery store” that brings nutritious foods (both fresh and shelf stable) to areas that are underserved and impacted by barriers like food costs, mobility, transportation and language. My Mobile Market is a collaboration between Feeding Tampa Bay and Goodwill-Suncoast that takes job training, food distribution, and the creation of healthy communities to a new level.
19% of our food insecure population is made up of seniors. DISH provides meals to our elderly and homebound neighbors in need of food. Volunteers pack bags of produce at Feeding Tampa Bay, and local partners, like Meals on Wheels, deliver the bags directly to our food insecure seniors.
Families who struggle to put food on the table often have to choose between buying meals and paying for utilities. Our SNAP outreach coordinators lends a hand to vulnerable households by helping them apply for this vital food assistance program during times of need.
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Our Backpack Program supplies thousands of school children with bags of shelf-stable, nutritious foods to take home over the weekend and during school vacations. These child friendly, easy-to-process meals and snacks are given to children who are at risk of going hungry on days when they are not in school.
Feeding Tampa Bay provides free meals and snacks to low-income children through existing after school activities in the community. By partnering with Boys and Girls Clubs, churches and other school programs, the After School Meals Program encourages children to expand their educational, social and recreational skills in a safe place. For many, the After School Meals Program supplies the only hot meal they receive each day.
When school lets out, so does access to a regular breakfast and lunch for many children. Meal sites receive support to provide children free, nutritious meals during the summer months when school is not in session.
This program provides groceries to children when parents or relatives are dropping off or picking up their children from school.
Feeding Tampa Bay is dedicated to lending a helping hand to our community partners. Through the Premiere Product Program, Feeding Tampa Bay purchases products in bulk and passes on the savings to community food relief organizations. Nonprofit organizations in the Tampa Bay area are offered discounted pricing on a variety of essential products that aren’t often donated.
Every four years, Feeding America performs a study on the role their food banks and partner agencies play in serving those facing hunger, and the challenges people face in reaching assistance. Nationwide, the study includes over 32,000 surveys of partner agencies and more than 60,000 client surveys to paint a clear picture of hunger in America.
Feeding Tampa Bay partners with the University of South Florida’s Department of Anthropology to evaluate the effectiveness of the Backpack Program, which provides free meals on weekends for children living in low-income “food deserts.” Read more here.