Feeding Tampa Bay is an essential facility and we are working hard to ensure our neighbors have the food they need during this critical time. Many of our families struggle to provide everyday meals, and with extended breaks and closures, this need is increasing to levels we’ve never seen before.
In the past month, we’ve:
- FTB has now doubled our weekly meals distributed from 1 million meals to 2 million meals
- Distributed over 350,000 prepared meals to date, preparing 500 meals per day per our two feeding sites
- Ramped up production in our Trinity Cafe kitchen, and partnered with various restaurants and kitchens to feed 15,000 each week
- Shifted our model at both Trinity Cafe locations to to-go meals as opposed to sit-down, congregate meals. During this time, serving with safety is the way we maintain a dignified experience for our guests.
- Started six weekly MEGA drive-thru distributions serving nearly 10,000 families each week
- Transitioned all of our mobile pantry distributions to drive-thru model distributions and our on-site Publix Community Market to a to-go groceries model where families are given pre-packed groceries with minimal social interaction.
- Increased mobile food distributions to an average of 150 per month to help fill the gap across the counties we serve.
- Activated child meal sites in 4 counties that have provided 245,000 meals to children to date.
- Delivered more than 50,606 meals to senior sites whose residents are confined to their homes and have no way to get groceries or meals.
- Routed 100 meals daily to the Hillsborough Hope temporary shelter initiative.
- Partnered with local food trucks to distribute up to 700 meals per day into communities in need.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
As we strive to provide food for families amidst COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we need your help. Donations we would typically receive during a crisis are slowing as product flies off of store shelves, leading us to purchase more food than ever for children and seniors in need. Help us equip our neighbors with food in this time of uncertainty.
Volunteers are crucial in our coronavirus response efforts and we need you to #standwithFTB now more than ever. We are taking the following extra precautions to ensure our volunteers’ safety in our warehouse and at distribution sites:
- Volunteers will be broken out into small groups of 10 or less for the duration of each shift
- Hand washing sinks and sanitizing stations are present in our entrance and volunteer sorting areas
- Gloves are provided for every volunteer
- Volunteer areas and tables are thoroughly cleaned between each shift
- Volunteers are encouraged to take additional breaks for hand washing regularly during their shift
All volunteer opportunities have been re-designed to meet the latest CDC guidelines and promote social distancing. We kindly ask volunteers who fall within an “at-risk” category (immunocompromised, age 65+, etc.) or those not feeling well to take care of themselves at home.
Until the situation stabilizes, the need for our services will continue to increase – and we need your help to deploy these programs.
If you are willing and able to volunteer in the face of a pandemic – or other crisis situation like a hurricane – become a part of our emergency response volunteer team.
OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
Our community partners are finding creative ways to help fight hunger during this time – see for yourself!
RESOURCES TO HELP YOU THROUGH COVID-19
If you, or some you know, is in need of groceries or other resources during this time, please call us at 813-254-1190 or visit our food resource page.
Find other services available across various counties with our Resource Guide.