Feeding America

Evan Gold May 31, 2012 0
Feeding America

Feeding America Serves 400,000 in Tampa Bay

Feeding America is the largest domestic hunger relief organization in the United States, providing a vital distribution network across more than 200 food banks. Working together with fellow food banks, Feeding America maximizes existing food donor relationships and effectively transports food to feed hungry Americans.

Across the country one in six people struggles with hunger. Locally, Feeding America Tampa Bay was established in 1982 and today has 37 local employees who work endlessly to fight hunger in this community.  In fact, Feeding America Tampa Bay provides food to over 400,000 people in its 10 county service area in West Central Florida.

Feeding America Tampa Bay nourishes thousands weekly through its distribution to a partnership network of more than 600 churches and other organizations. These hunger relief agencies include The Salvation Army, Metropolitan Ministries, Beth-el Mission, Hope Children’s Home and the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

Feeding America Tampa Bay also distributes food through its Kids Café and Mobile Pantry program. Kids Café serves 13 sites targeting low income neighborhoods in both rural and inner city communities.  Underprivileged children are served a late afternoon meal each day after school, totaling 5,000 meals weekly. The program also provides them with tutoring, nutrition education, school supply assistance and hope.

A Mobile Pantry distribution program has also been established to bring truckloads of food directly to pre-selected individuals and families in need. There is an air of excitement in the neighborhood as the Feeding America Tampa Bay refrigerated trucks arrive on-site, laden with pre-packaged bags of shelf-stable items along with gallons of milk and 100% juices, meats, fresh produce and tables full of bread and bakery items. The pre-qualified recipients progress through a line and are given a variety of nourishing groceries — enough to provide one meal per day for a family of four for one week.

Feeding America Tampa Bay is continually pressing forward to come up with solutions to the growing hunger problem in West Central Florida. Every day, they make strides in accomplishing their mission of “Ending Hunger. Nourishing Hope.”

For more information, visit www.feedingamerica.org

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