Chances are, you know someone who may go hungry this summer.
Did you also know?
- 25% of Tampa children struggle with hunger daily, and during summer months, without school breakfasts and lunches, these kids may not eat for days.
- 19% of families who go hungry in our area have someone who is either currently serving in the military or has served in the past.
- Overall, Florida is fourth in the nation for family hunger. 60% of the people in West Central Florida are eligible for food stamps.
Let’s come together and donate money and non-perishable food items this summer so that families and children can rely on their community so that no one goes hungry.
Feeding Tampa Bay is a local non-profit organization that addresses hunger and food insecurity. They’ve partnered with ABC Action News and Seacoast Bank for the summer campaign Food for Families.
From Feeding Tampa Bay:
HUNGER HAPPENS TO EVERYDAY PEOPLE, EVERY DAY. In Tampa Bay, more than 700,000 people are food insecure, meaning they lack consistent and easy access to safe, nutritionally adequate food. And the problem isn’t limited only to the homeless. Many who struggle to find adequate food are working adults, children and the elderly. 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.
Here’s what we all can do:
- If you need food or know someone who does, visit a Mobile food pantry.
- Drop off food at 2 live donation days: June 8 and June 22
ABC Action News will be broadcasting live from the site. Viewers can drive by the site, which will have tents, banners, and SeacoastBank employees helping with the donations.
- Bring food to collection boxes at Seacoast Bank branches between May 28 – June 30
- You can donate – Every dollar creates 10 meals!