Monthly Archives: February 2018

Fight Hunger with Bolts Blue Flame

With the launch of Bolts Blue Flame: Cooking with the Tampa Bay Lightning, fans can now eat like their favorite players! Created in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Blue, the cookbook provides fans with delicious recipes and insights into the hockey player’s eating habits, favorite foods, and family traditions. Each recipe also provides easy substitutions and tips from Florida Blue’s nutritionist to make meal prep easier. But the best part – proceeds from the Bolts Blue Flame Cookbook benefit Feeding Tampa Bay!

This cookbook creates a fun and informative way to eat healthy, immerse yourself in the Lightning community, and fight hunger in Tampa Bay. Good food nourishes our minds and bodies and brings a sense of comfort to our homes. Enjoying a meal with family and friends is seen as a cultural ritual and a communal rite, but when finding food is your top priority, the experience of enjoyment falls by the wayside. Bolts Blue Flame aims to bring individuals to the table together with each purchase of the book.

Bolts Blue Flame can be purchased for $19.99 online at or in person at Tampa Bay Sports Stores in AMALIE Arena, The Tampa Bay Sports Store located at International Plaza and Bay Street, or the Feeding Tampa Bay warehouse at Transport Drive.

Feeding Minds, Nourishing Communities.

A new joint venture called Feeding Minds kicked off last week as a way to tackle child hunger. Feeding Minds is a program created in partnership with Publix Supermarket Charities and Hillsborough County Public Schools that will place food pantries in areas where food insecurity is prevalent for youth. Publix donated $45,000 to start pantries in 8 different schools across Hillsborough County. These pantries will serve as a way for students to get food throughout the day when needed, and to take home over the weekends or on school breaks when food is scarce.

For 63% of students in Hillsborough County Public Schools, food insecurity is a reality. These children receive free or reduced lunches at school and typically do not eat when school is not in session. Food insecurity impacts the lives of these children now and has the potential to impact their lives in the future.

When students don’t receive the nourishment they need, it is difficult for them to learn, perform, and thrive. Feeding Minds aims to serve these children where they are so they can meet their basic need for food. Feeding Minds will nourish our communities and fuel our youth to lead our future.

Want to fight hunger? Here are some ways to help!

Fulfill yourself by feeding others. Feeding Tampa Bay would not exist without the support of our community – that means, if FTB didn’t exist, 700,000 individuals would go hungry every single day. We know each person wants to get involved in a different way, so get involved in the way that suits you best!

Volunteer. Generous volunteers willing to sort food donations, stock our pantry shelves and help us deliver food through various nutrition programs. We highly encourage the participation of individuals, schools, churches, corporations and other groups. Help us share food and hope with thousands of people in need throughout West Central Florida.

Donate. Want to feed the hungry as quickly and simply as possible? Your monetary donation helps us feed more families at a lower cost. Make your donation now via our secure site. We’ll turn every $1 into 10 meals for those in need.

Advocate. Help us raise awareness about the reality of hunger in America. By creating a dialogue with legislators, the media and the public, you can make a difference in the lives of more than 35 million hungry Americans. Tell a friend, follow us on social media, or share our posts to start the conversation amongst your circle of friends!

Shop to give. By using participating shopping sites such as AmazonSmile, fighting hunger can be as simple as purchasing the items you need.

Another reason to celebrate our ForkLifters

ForkLifters is Feeding Tampa Bay’s monthly giving program. Just as forklifts are central to our day-to-day operations, ForkLifters sustain our mission month in and month out. Families facing hunger need healthy food year-round, and monthly donations ensure that these families have enough to eat 365 days of the year. Since sustainable donations allow the opportunity to make a long-term impact on the lives of those facing hunger, monthly giving is the backbone of our operations.

Since its inception in October 2016, our ForkLifters program has made 521,120 meals possible for our neighbors in need. Russell and Jeanette Harms helped us pioneer this program in 2016 and 130 individuals have followed in their footsteps since. On average, our ForkLifters donate $50 monthly – this translates to a donation of 6000 meals each year. That’s 6000 fewer decisions to pay for bills instead of food and 6000 more times a child can focus on their studies instead of the rumbling of their tummies.

Our forklifts are crucial in transporting our products and our ForkLifters are crucial in transforming the lives of the food insecure. If you are interested in changing the life of someone in need, join our ForkLifters program today!

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