We kicked off the celebration at the beginning of November with Mayor Bob Buckhorn. Mayor Buckhorn awarded Feeding Tampa Bay with a Proclamation recognizing the organization’s 35 years of service.
The celebration continued with our 35th Anniversary party in our warehouse on November 9th. Party-goers walked up the orange carpet to the Feeding Tampa Bay warehouse and the party entrance. Various stations were housed around the warehouse exhibiting the many ways we serve our neighbors, explaining our mission and the reasons that motivate us as an organization, introducing our neighbors in need to our community, and recreating our daily operations.
Accompanying the informative piece of the party was beverages provided by Jackson Family Wines, as well as a photo booth and an interactive “why” wall allowing participants to explain what motivates them to fight hunger. In between all of the activity, we showed a video timeline of the history of Feeding Tampa Bay. View below.
Our special guest speaker, Michael Solomon, capped off the video and walked us through what it was like to be one of the founders of Feeding Tampa Bay and described how the food bank has grown since its inception. At the end of the ceremony, we announced the total number of meals Feeding Tampa Bay has distributed to the community since 1982: 397,522,938 meals! We’re proud to place meals on the empty tables of all who need food and thankful for our partners who make this possible each and every day.
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!
In the Tampa Bay area, 250,000 children go hungry every day. Although some of these children receive meals at school, they may not have access to food after school, on weekends, or on breaks. The Nourish Our Youth event recognized our partners dedicated to fighting child hunger this past year. These partners help Feeding Tampa Bay expand its reach to food insecure youth through programs like the backpack program, school pantries, and summer meal programs, to name a few.
Here’s how these programs impacted our community:
Sites: 29 | Children Served: 3,626 | Total Backpacks Distributed: 45,000
Sites: 5 | Families Served: 2,217 | Total Meals Distributed: 97,500
Summer Meals Program
Sites: 4 | Children Served: 56 | Total Meals Distributed: 900
Cereal for Summer Food Drive
Sites: 1 | Children Served: 150 | Total Meals Distributed: 3,500
Mobile Pantries: 87 | Children in Households: 24,804 | Total Meals Distributed: 632,410
After School Meals Program
First full month (October 2017) served over 7,000 meals to children in need
If you would like to get involved with one of these programs and help children in need, please contact Clarissa Rain at firstname.lastname@example.org or
813.254.1190 x 216.
Feeding Tampa Bay is in charge of disaster relief food supply for all of West Central Florida.
For those affected by Irma, the struggle may continue long after the hurricane season has passed. To account for the influx of food insecure individuals brought upon by unforeseen circumstances, Feeding Tampa Bay will continue to hold increased disaster distributions throughout our service territory for the next 6 months.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Karisya Moran-Adames as the 13th Lightning Community Hero this season during the first period of tonight’s game versus the San Jose Sharks. Adames, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate half the money to the Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon in order to expand the Project Smile program, while the other half will go to a scholarship for her own education.
Karisya, a senior at Riverview High School, has volunteered approximately 300 hours as the president of her school’s Key Club chapter. Some of the organizations she’s worked with include the Kiwanis Club, Feeding Tampa Bay, Keeping Tampa Bay Beautiful, ECHO and various elementary schools in the Brandon area. Through her volunteer work, Adames realized that a big issue facing our community is the lack of proper nutrition and food available to families and children. She decided to volunteer and partner with programs focused on these issues and find a way to expand their efforts.
Project Smile started as a service initiative six years ago when Kiwanis members decided to tackle the issue of childhood nutrition head on. The Kiwanis Club has sponsored a weekend backpack program at Gibsonton Elementary School, which is a Renaissance school where more than 95% of the children qualify for free or reduced breakfast and lunch. This program gives “Smile Club” members pre-packaged food and bread to break the weekend hunger gap, which allows kids to stay on grade level and make steady progress in the classroom by coming to school ready to learn instead of hungry and lethargic. Currently over 20,000 meals are distributed each year, and Karisya plans to use this donation to expand Project Smile to a second Renaissance School.
Karisya Moran-Adames becomes the 284th Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the Lightning Community Hero program in 2011-12 with a $10 million, five-season commitment to the Tampa Bay community. Through this evening’s game, in total, the Lightning Foundation has granted $14.3 million to more than 300 different non-profits in the Greater Tampa Bay area. During the summer of 2016, the Vinik’s announced that the community hero program will give away another $10-million over the next five seasons.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–On behalf of their associates and customers, Southeastern Grocers (SEG), parent company of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie stores, will donate nearly $800,000 to Feeding America® – an official charity partner – through their year-long Five Cent Bread Donation Program to provide meals that include essential building blocks for growth and nutrition throughout the Southeast.
Customers joined SEG and Feeding America in the fight against hunger by simply purchasing a loaf of SE Grocers own-brand bread in any BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys or Winn-Dixie store. For every loaf of SE Grocers own-brand bread purchased by associates and customers, SEG donated five cents to the Feeding America network of food banks to help fight hunger in the communities they serve.
Anthony Hucker, President and CEO of Southeastern Grocers said, “We recognize that the season of giving, especially Giving Tuesday, is the perfect time of year to announce the results of our year-long Five Cent Bread Program with Feeding America, our official charity partner.
“Every cent raised will benefit Feeding America food banks in the communities Southeastern Grocers serves and we want to thank our customers who generously donated to this worthy cause by purchasing our SE Grocers bread in their neighborhood stores.”
Matt Knott, President of Feeding America said, “Feeding America is thankful to Southeastern Grocers for its commitment to fighting hunger in the Southeast. The year-long Bread Donation Program helps us achieve our goal of providing more meals to people in need, while also giving SEG associates and customers an opportunity to help support their neighbors facing hunger who may not know where they will find their next meal.”
Since 2009, SEG has provided Feeding America member food banks nearly 176 million pounds of food through their longstanding partnership to help fight hunger and provide over 145 million meals to people in need. SEG is proud to continue to partner with Feeding America, of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, to help raise awareness of the important issue of hunger through volunteer efforts and various initiatives to help fight against hunger.
Customers can still find their favorite SE Grocer Bread varieties in their neighborhood BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys or Winn-Dixie stores.
About Southeastern Grocers
Southeastern Grocers, LLC, parent company and home of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the fifth largest conventional supermarket in the U.S. The company employs more than 50,000 associates who serve customers in grocery stores, liquor stores and in-store pharmacies throughout the seven southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal associates, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, visit www.bi-lo.com, www.frescoymas.com, www.harveyssupermarkets.com and www.winndixie.com.
About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the Unites States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.