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Summer feeding program offering free meals for kids in St. Pete all summer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Making sure no child goes hungry: that’s the mission of St. Pete’s summer feeding program.

Beginning May 29, kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch at 17 locations across St. Pete. Some locations will be serving breakfast as well. Parents can simply walk up and get a free meal for their child, no questions asked. The free meals are also being provided to kids in the city’s summer camps. The free meals run through August 10.

Many kids in Tampa Bay qualify for free and reduced lunch in school and when classes let out for the summer, some go hungry. Feeding Tampa Bay estimates one in four kids in our area is food insecure, meaning they aren’t sure where their next meal will come from. That’s worse than the national average, which is one in five kids.

Here are the locations for the free summer meals program:
• Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 2900 31st St. S, is serving lunch only from noon to 1 p.m.
• Camp Redbird at Azalea Elementary School is serving breakfast and lunch, Monday through Thursday at 1680 74th St. N and Friday at 1600 72nd St. N from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.
• Campbell Park Recreation Center, 601 14th St. S, is serving breakfast and lunch from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.
• Childs Park Recreation and Fitness Center, 4301 13th Ave. S, is serving breakfast and lunch from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m.
• Dell Holmes Park, 2740 22nd St. S, pavilion no. 1, is serving lunch only from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Frank Pierce Recreation Center, 2000 Seventh St. S, is serving breakfast and lunch from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m.
• Gladden Park Recreation Center, 3901 30th Ave. N., is serving breakfast and lunch from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• J.W. Cate Recreation Center, 5801 22nd Ave. N, is serving breakfast and lunch from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
• Johnson Community Library, 1059 18th Ave. S, is serving lunch only from noon to 1 p.m.
• Lake Vista Recreation Center, 1401 62nd Ave. S, is serving breakfast and lunch from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N, is serving lunch only from noon to 1 p.m.
• Roberts Recreation Center, 1246 50th Ave. N, is serving breakfast and lunch from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
• Shore Acres Recreation Center, 4230 Shore Acres Blvd. NE, is serving breakfast and lunch from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.
• TASCO Center for Teen Technology, 1320 Fifth St. N, is serving breakfast and lunch from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
• Thomas “Jet” Jackson Recreation Center, 1000 28th St. S, is serving breakfast and lunch from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and noon to 1:30 p.m.
• Walter Fuller Recreation Center, 7891 26th Ave. N, is serving breakfast and lunch from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and noon to 12:45 p.m.
• Willis S. Johns Recreation Center, 6635 Dr. M.L. King Jr. St. N, is serving breakfast and lunch from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. and noon to 1:30 p.m.

Banking is in their blood

The dedicated volunteers at Wells Fargo take their team from the bank to the food bank! Their commitment to the fight against hunger has led to the sponsorship of 12 mobile pantries this year in Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco counties. Mobile pantries bring food assistance to the neighborhoods of those we serve, limiting transportation issues for our friends in need. The Wells Fargo team not only provides the food for each mobile pantry, but also brings 8-10 employees to each event to assist with sorting, packing, and distributing the boxes of food to our hungry neighbors. Rain or shine, the Wells Fargo team shows up ready to work and eager to make a difference in the community.

Get involved & give back this summer

Want to get involved in the fight against hunger but aren’t sure how? Check out some current and ongoing promotions our partners have created to make giving back easier than ever!

Food for Families (May – June)
Help feed a family this summer and donate to the Food for Families campaign. In collaboration with ABC Action News and Seacoast Bank, Food for Families aims to make summer fun for everyone!

Shred Hunger (June 23)
Protect the environment and protect the community. Make a $10 or 10 can donation to Feeding Tampa Bay and have your old electronics professionally shredded.

Feed Change (ongoing)
Create change with your change – it just makes cents! Learn how easy it is to join the fight against hunger.

Bolts Blue Flame Cookbook (ongoing)
Try the recipes of your favorite Lightning players this summer! Proceeds from your purchase create meals for the food insecure in Tampa Bay.

So Fresh (ongoing)
Feed your health and feed a neighbor in need! A portion of proceeds from every sale benefits Feeding Tampa Bay!

Eat Right (ongoing)
Want to meal prep but don’t have the time? Sign up for Eat Right and receive healthy meal plan deliveries! For every meal purchased, Eat Right donates a meal to Feeding Tampa Bay!

In case you missed it – Don’t Label Hunger wins BIG!

This past fall we launch a campaign called Don’t Label Hunger in collaboration with our partners at ChappellRoberts. Don’t Label Hunger aims to dispel the stereotypes surrounding food insecurity in Tampa Bay. While it is common to think those who are hungry are homeless, this is far from fact. Those who face food insecurity are hardworking parents with children, seniors on a fixed income, and students trying to make ends meet. This campaign delves into the lives of the individuals we serve, stripping the labels society has created for them and revealing the truth – these individuals are no different from you and me.

We are honored to share the success of this campaign in drawing awareness to the stigmas surrounding hunger and in gaining recognition for its unique and creative flair. This success would not have been possible without the help of our partners at ChappellRoberts.

AMA Non-Profit Marketer of the Year: Feeding Tampa Bay
Judges recognized the emotionally-charged “Don’t Label Hunger” campaign for its creative execution, impressive brand awareness returns, and financial donations.

Platinum Hermes Creative Award: Don’t Label Hunger campaign
This is an international competition for creative professionals and the concept, writing and design of traditional materials, marketing and communication programs and emerging technologies. The Hermes Creative Awards also measure individual deliverables like advertising, publications, websites, videos, strategic campaigns and media placements.

Silver Communicator Award: Don’t Label Hunger campaign
The Communicator Awards honors work that transcends innovation and craft – work that made a lasting impact, providing an equal chance of winning to all entrants regardless of company or agency size and project budget.

Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) American Web Design Awards: Don’t Label Hunger Campaign
The Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) American Web Design Awards™ is an annual showcase of the power of design to enhance websites and online communications. The outstanding work encompass websites, microsites, apps, publications, video, social media, UX design and more.

Internet Advertising Competition: Best Non-Profit Website, Don’t Label Hunger
The IAC Awards provides an opportunity to highlight your best online advertising in 96 industries and nine online formats including, online ad, video, mobile, newsletter, email and social media.

Muse Award: Rose Gold Award, Don’t Label Hunger campaign
The Muse Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals who possess the unique ability to inspire with a concept, idea or design – whether through traditional materials or electronic media.

See for yourself! Visit Don’t Label Hunger.

Senior Meal Delivery Service

Senior members of the Peterborough Apartment community lack access to a stable food supply. In hopes of bringing healthy, nutritious meals to these individuals, Feeding Tampa Bay and volunteers delivered boxes of food to their community.

This is the impact of the meal delivery program:

“The residents were very happy with the food that they received. There are many times that our seniors do not have enough to eat because of their low incomes, doctor bills, medicines, etc. And often times they do not eat nutritious foods. Your program has helped them to have several good nutritious meals.

Though I know that it was a lot of work, it made a difference in the lives of our seniors. Some of the residents told me that they made tomato sauce with the tomatoes. Others made stuffed peppers with the meat and peppers they were given. Others made nice salads with the produce and some cooked their whole chickens and shared them with their neighbors. Not only did they enjoy the food, but they also enjoyed the company of the volunteers. Being able to socialize with people outside of our Peterborough community has helped them to connect with those in our St. Pete community and realize that people in the community care about them.

I heard from many of the residents about how wonderful all of the volunteers were. They said that the volunteers were so helpful, happy and kind. They told me that they all had smiles on their faces and kind words for the residents.

Many of them are already asking when you will be back.

This has truly been a wonderful experience for our seniors. We are so thankful for all that Feeding Tampa Bay and the volunteers have done for our Peterborough Community. I commend you all for the wonderful work you do and for a job well done!”

We’re honored to make a difference in the health of our neighbors and in the lives of those we serve. Learn more about our programs.

Kick off grilling season with Food Safety in mind

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2018 — For many Americans, the summer grilling and travel season begins this upcoming weekend. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) wants to make sure you and your family avoid food poisoning this summer. An estimated 128,000 Americans are hospitalized with food poisoning each year, but foodborne illnesses can be prevented during summer months by properly handling perishable foods during travel, and by using a food thermometer when grilling.

If you’re traveling to your favorite grilling location in a local park, or simply grilling in your backyard, perishable food items, including raw meat and poultry, need to be handled safely before they hit the grill. Bacteria grow rapidly in warm temperatures, so perishable foods need to be kept at 40°F or below to reduce bacterial growth. Perishable foods that are held above 40°F for more than two hours should not be consumed. In hot weather (above 90°F), food should be discarded if it sits out for more than one hour.

The best way to keep food cold during the summer when you’re away from home is to use a cooler. Consider packing beverages in one cooler and perishable food in another cooler. The beverage cooler may be opened frequently, causing the temperature inside of the cooler to fluctuate and become unsafe for perishable foods. Prevent juices from raw meat and poultry from cross-contaminating other items in your cooler by placing raw meats in waterproof containers before placing them in the cooler.

Ensure you have all the tools and utensils you may need for grilling before heading out to the grill. Grab these items to help ensure a safe grilling experience:

· Food thermometer
· Paper towels or moist towelettes
· Two sets of cooking utensils (tongs, spatulas, forks, etc.). Use the first set to handle raw items and the other for cooked foods.
· Plates or containers for cooked items. Never place cooked foods on the same plate or container that held raw meat or poultry.

Before eating any meat or poultry you have grilled, verify any potential illness-causing bacteria has been destroyed by using a food thermometer. Use the following safe internal temperature guidelines for your meat and poultry to ensure they are done:

· Beef, pork, lamb and veal (steaks, roasts and chops): 145°F with a three-minute rest time
· Ground meats: 160°F
· Whole poultry, poultry breasts and ground poultry: 165°F

Once finished, make sure all leftovers are refrigerated or put on ice within two hours after cooking, or one hour if the temperature is above 90°F. Leftovers should be consumed within three to four days when refrigerated.

Food for Families

It is a common misconception that those without constant access to food are homeless or jobless, but the reality is that these individuals account for less than 5% of those we serve. Our food insecure neighbors are seniors on a fixed income, veterans fighting to regain their standing in society, and hardworking families trying to make ends meet. Even for those earning a decent wage, one small set back could lead to financial struggles. For example, take an average family of 4.

As the cost of living increases, some struggle to keep up. These struggles are especially prominent in the summer months when school is out and budgets are stretched thin – AC bills run high, child care expenses increase, and food budgets are divided even further since children are no longer receiving free meals at school. 1 in 4 children in Tampa Bay struggle with hunger daily and 700,000 individuals in our area do not know where they will find their next meal.

Luckily, the Food for Families food drive with ABC Action News and Seacoast Bank will begin next week in hopes of alleviating these pressures for families in need this summer. Be a part of the solution and join the fight against hunger – because no one should go hungry.

Roasted Butternut Squash

2 lb of butternut squash
2 tb of unsalted butter
2 tb honey
1/2 tsp salt
Baking Sheet

Use peeler to peel the whole squash. Cut squash in half, scoop out seeds, and cut the squash into cubes. Put cubed squash onto baking sheet and drizzle with melted butter, honey, and salt. Roast in 425 degree oven for 50 mins to an hour until desired doneness. Pierce with fork.

Cereal for Summer Campaign is Underway

Have some extra cereal boxes or breakfasts foods in your pantry? Donate them to Cereal for Summer! Every year, 10 News teams up with Feeding Tampa Bay to collect cereal and breakfasts food to help feed the hungry in the Tampa Bay area. You may not realize it but more people go hungry here in the bay area than you think.

“Last year cereal for summer raised over 500,000 meals for children in our community. This year we are hoping to break that record,” Jayci Peters with Feeding Tampa Bay said.

500,000 meals is a lot but 700,000 thousand people don’t know where their next meal is coming from in the Tampa Bay area. “When you are food insecure, you’re going extended periods of time without food and it really impacts your productivity and how you think and feel,” Peters said.

In some cases, students won’t eat at all between lunch Friday and breakfast on Monday. Children and seniors make up nearly half the hunger population in Tampa Bay. In Pinellas county 15.7% of the population is food insecure, in Hillsborough County – 16.5%, Pasco County – 14.8%, Manatee County – 15% and Polk County – 16.7%.

“We feed a lot of people, we probably feed about 200 people in one day and you can see it really makes a big difference in their lives and their families lives when they have food to eat,” volunteer Danny Hyatt said.

According to Peters, we’ve collected 150,000 meals but that’s not a lot compared to the 500,000 meals collected in 2017.

“We’ve been getting thousands and thousands of cereal. Every box helps. One box has 8 or more servings so imagine how far that can go for a hungry kid,” Peters said.

You can donate the breakfast foods at any Publix or at 10 News, just look for the Cereal for Summer box by the entrance of the stores or in the 10 News front lobby. Publix says it’s Lutz Lake Crossing and North Dale Mabry Highway Publix has had the most donations so far.

“We thank you from the bottom of our heart. Even though you don’t know who you’re helping, it’s a blessing and means the world to people,” Hyatt said.

Florida is the fourth in the nation for family hunger.

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.