I recently went on a tour of the main facility for local non-profit organization, Feeding America Tampa Bay. Of the 50 million people who are unsure where their next meal will come from, Feeding America Tampa Bay provides food to over 400,000 people in the West Central Florida. The mission of Feeding America Tampa Bay is “Ending Hunger, Nourishing Hope”.
The main facility totals 50,000 feet (with more plans for expansion in development) and is central to the operation that helps feed many people in our bay area who would otherwise go hungry.
Feeding America Tampa Bay by the numbers:
- 98% of every donation goes to the program
- Last year, Feeding America Tampa Bay had 10,752 volunteers who donated 43,007 hours to the mission of FATB
- 37% of the members of households served by Feeding America Tampa Bay are children under 18 years old
- 58% of clients served by Feeding America of Tampa Bay report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel
- 37% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care
- 36% of households served by Feeding America Tampa Bay report having at least one household member in poor health
- Among the Food Bank’s agency partners that existed in 2006, 83% of pantries, 70% of kitchens, and 75% of shelters reported that there had been an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites
- In the past 12 months, the food bank has distributed more than 25 million pounds of food – enough to provide more than a million and a half meals every month
- Feeding America Tampa Bay works with at least 600 partners to get food to the hungry, partners qualify for food bank membership by operating a 501-c-3 or faith-based organization and agreeing to abide by strict food safety and non-discriminatory best practices
- Florida and Tampa Bay are in the top 10 regions children who go hungry
- Nationally, Feeding America’s network members supply food to more than 25 million Americans each year, including 9 million children and 3 million seniors
Feeding America keeps food stored in this large fridges and volunteers sort them up for later pickup by charities and various non-profit groups for distribution.
Here are some food programs organized by Feeding America Tampa Bay:
- Kid Cafe: low income children in after-school programs are fed a hot meal each weekday before going home
- After School Snack Program: low income children in after-school programs are given a snack each weekday
- BackPack: children of food-insecure households receive weekend supplies of food to take home each weekend
- Summer Feeding Program: low income are provided breakfast and lunch at designated feeding sites. FATB adds daytime meals to existing after-school programs
- Saturday Academy Breakfasts: Students from Title 1 schools are incentivized to attend FCAT preparation classes on Saturday mornings with the offering of a hot, nutritious breakfast
- Sweetbay Supermarket
- The Pub Waterfront Restaurant
- Kraft Foods Global, Inc.
- Pepin Distributing Co.
- Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
- Coca Cola Refreshments
Despite the number of donors – there is still a need to do more. Times are hard nowadays with threat of a second global recession looming and many other issues throughout our nation, that is what really interested me in deciding to go check out Feeding America and seeing how I can get involved and help. I have always wanted to work more in the community so look for opportunities on how you can reach out on Carlos Eats over the next few weeks and months to come.
Category: Food Charity