Monthly Archives: September 2018

It takes an army to fight hunger

Salvation Army in Bradenton received one of its first deliveries of more than 4,338 pounds of fresh food, thanks to new food storage equipment provided by Feeding Tampa Bay. As part of a $75,000 grant provided by the Walmart Foundation, Feeding Tampa Bay is providing more than 15 food pantries and community organizations with equipment vital to their operations, such as; refrigerators, pallet scales, and pallet jacks. The new infrastructure will help local food pantries increase the volume of fresh food – including produce, meat and other perishables – that will provide essential nutrition to the hungry individuals, families and seniors in Manatee County.

Since transitioning to a direct distribution model in Manatee County in July, Feeding Tampa Bay has distributed more than 264,000 pounds of food to the community. Of that, more than 78,000 pounds of fresh produce have been delivered to partner agencies in the area, helping to provide more nutritious resources to the people of Manatee County. As Feeding Tampa Bay has worked to increase the amount and quality of food provided to Manatee County, the new equipment will help that number exponentially grow, and will bring more healthy food options to the hungry people in Manatee County.

Tech takes a byte out of hunger

This new app connects those in need to resources near them. The Feeding Florida: Food Access Map is a free mobile application designed to help users connect to their local food pantries, EBT SNAP locations, soup kitchens, and farmer’s markets in the state of Florida. The application aims to help its users find food as well as locate where needs for food exist.

Download the app today and share this resource with your constituents!

Fall into giving

Fall into giving in 4 simple ways. Your donation towards these campaigns benefits you and your community. Each dollar donated towards Feeding Tampa Bay creates 10 meals for our hungry neighbors. Make your impact today!

Hunger Action Month (thru Sept 30)
Look for the Community Breadbox at your local Panera and donate at the register. For a list of participating locations, visit

CoreLife Eatery (Oct 4)
Are you a health nut? Head to the soft-opening of CoreLife Eatery in Carrollwood on October 4th from 11:30am – 7:30pm and take part in “Donation Day.” Proceeds from all sales made this day will benefit Feeding Tampa Bay. Check out the menu.

Kick Hunger Challenge (all football season long)
Hey football fans – take on the Kick Hunger Challenge! Get in the game and donate to end hunger in the name of your favorite NFL team. 100% of donations will support your local food bank. Go Bucs!

So Fresh (ongoing)
Eat at any Tampa So Fresh location (Downtown, South Tampa, or USF) in 2018 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Feeding Tampa Bay! Plan your order now!

Hunger Action Alliance Coverage


Explore our recent publications, media coverage, and conference presentations. If you have additional questions about the alliance or our findings, please contact:

Karen Serrano Arce | Health Education Associate




  • Very low household food security predicts lower odds of menarche among U.S. Girls
    (Human Biology Association, Annual Meeting)
  • Does the USDA Food Security Module Accurately Predict Qualitative Responses Regarding Food Insecurity Among Older Adults?
    (Society for Applied Anthropology, Annual Meeting)
  • Teen Food Insecurity: Finding Solution through the Voice of Teens
    (Society for Applied Anthropology, Annual Meeting)


  • A Case Study of Social Interactions at Food Banks
    (Society for Applied Anthropology, Annual Meeting)
  • Teen Food Insecurity in Pinellas County Presentation
    (Juvenile Welfare Board. Clearwater, FL)
  • Teen Food Insecurity Community Exhibit Presentation
    (Juvenile Welfare Board. Clearwater FL)
  • Social Isolation, Loneliness, and Food Insecurity among and Older Adult Population Presentation
    (Better Living for Seniors Hillsborough County Quarterly Meeting. Tampa, FL)
  • Food Insecurity Associates with Age of Menarche among Girls in Tampa Bay, FL
    (Human Biology Association, Annual Meeting 2018. Austin, TX)
  • Towards a Holistic Understanding of Food Insecurity: Linkages between Food Insecurity, Social Isolation, and Loneliness among an Older Adult Population
    (Society for Applied Anthropologists, Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA)
  • Healthy Backpacks
    (Backpack Summit. Clearwater, FL)


  • “If You’re Not Gonna Eat It, Don’t Expect Someone Who’s Poor to Eat It”: Perspectives from Food Pantry Clients on the Barriers and Facilitators to Consuming Fresh Produce
    (Graduate Association for Food Studies Annual Conference)
  • “You Can’t Eat Healthy When You’re Poor”: Challenges and Solutions to Healthier Eating among Food Pantry Clients
    (Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger Annual Meeting)
  • Ongoing Projects in the Hunger Action Alliance
    (Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, University of South Florida)
  • Future of Food Studies Food Insecurity among Adolescents: A Biocultural Analysis of Pre-teen and Teen girls in Tampa Bay, Florida
    (Graduate Association for Food Studies, 2nd Annual Meeting)
  • The ‘Last Mile’ of Food Pantry Food Presentation
    (Feeding Tampa Bay, Tampa, FL)

Hunger Action Alliance Research Summaries


Please find summaries of our completed studies below. If you would like further detail about our methodology and data collection methods, please contact:

Karen Serrano Arce | Health Education Associate



Backpack study
In partnership with The Boys and Girls Club in Dover, Fl. a study was conducted to identify the impact of a Feeding Tampa Bay’s Backpack food assistance program on participating children’s food security, mental and cognitive health.

Meals for Minds
In collaboration with the University of South Florida an evaluation of the Meals for Minds program’s impact on children’s readiness to learn and performances was conducted.


Food Insecurity and Age of Menarche
This research study examined if household food insecurity correlated with early or delayed menarche in adolescent females in the United States.

Teen Food Insecurity
This evaluation was carried out by a team of students from the University of South Florida in collaboration with the Juvenile Welfare Board, the Childhood Hunger Initiative, and the Hunger Action Alliance. It examined what food insecurity looked like from the viewpoint of teenagers and their thoughts on how food insecurity in their community can be fixed.


A Preliminary Evaluation of Mobile Food Pantry
Research was carried out by a team of graduate student anthropologists from the University of South Florida, in collaboration with partners from Feeding Tampa Bay. The study documents how food insecurity impacts the lives of clients using the mobile pantry distribution program which brings fresh food to residents in food deserts, especially areas with low access to other food assistance services.

WellCare Mobile Pantry Evaluation
The objectives of this research project was to conclude a longitudinal evaluation of a mobile food pantry sponsored by WellCare in partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay. The aim was to examine food insecurity and health care decision-making among adults and families using mobile food pantries in Wimauma and Sulpher Spring, FL.

Fresh Initiatives Supply Hub Program Evaluation (FISH)
The main objective of this study was to assess the impact of FISH on the Lealman community and the hunger-relief network for the community.

Farm to Fork
The Farm to Fork program increased delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables to food insecure households throughout Tampa Bay. This research project measured the impact of client’s produce consumption before and after the program and evaluated the knowledge and capability of food pantries to handle and distribute additional produce.

Last Mile
The purpose of this study was to understand the waste and barriers that exist among the food assistance chain from the point of acquisition through the point of household utilization or “the last mile” between the food bank and the food pantry. It also measured what


Factors Affecting Health Among Older Adults
The objective of this research study was to understand the linkage between food insecurity, social isolation, and loneliness, as well as their relationship with medical utilization among an older adult population

For the love of peanut butter

When you love peanut butter as much as Eric Piburn, you want to share it with everyone! Eric is on a mission to raise 2,000 cases of peanut butter to donate to our hungry neighbors in Tampa Bay. Now through September 29th, join Eric and the Cheesecake Factory in the great peanut butter drive!

Drop off peanut butter and other nut butters to any of the following collection sites:
The Cheesecake Factory
The Gold and Diamond Source
La-Dee Da Kids Spa
The Little Donut House

Want to meet Eric in person? Bring your peanut butter donation to one of the following locations this September.