Goodwill-Suncoast: Chris Ward, 727-450-5211
Feeding Tampa Bay: Jayci Peters, 813-254-1190, ext. 218
Help Feed Hungry Families
Goodwill and Feeding Tampa Bay team up for food drive March 14 – April 3
More than 700,000 people go hungry in Tampa Bay every day and 250,000 of those are children. To change that, Goodwill-Suncoast and Feeding Tampa Bay are partnering to carry out a food drive to benefit families in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando, Polk, Citrus and Sumter counties.
From March 14 through April 3, the public is asked to donate non-perishable foods at Goodwill-Suncoast retail stores. Food donations will be accepted inside Goodwill stores as well as at donation doors. Donations are also welcome at these Goodwill donation centers: Carrollwood Square, Ehrlich Road and Dale Mabry, next to Subway; Indian Rocks Shopping Center in Largo; and 7601 Park Blvd. in Pinellas Park. For a list of Goodwill retail stores, visit www.goodwill-suncoast.org.
The Tampa Bay Times is sponsoring the food drive.
Items most needed include canned meats (tuna, chicken, etc.), canned or packaged fruit, canned or boxed meals, soups/stews, peanut butter, pasta, rice, cereal and 100 percent fruit juice.
Goodwill Industries-Suncoast is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work. The organization's successful donated goods retail operation helps support its human services in 10 counties in West Central Florida including employment services, training centers for people with disabilities, affordable apartment communities for seniors and people with disabilities, and community corrections programs. For more information, visit www.goodwill-suncoast.org.
Founded in 1982, Feeding Tampa Bay is the largest food rescue and distribution organization in the community, serving a food-insecure population of more than 700,000 people in a 10-county area. Feeding Tampa Bay recovers surplus food donations from local growers, manufacturers, supermarkets and organized community food drives and distributes it to those in need through a partnership network of more than 500 faith-based and other incorporated non-profit hunger relief organizations. Over the last five years, Feeding Tampa Bay has supplied more than 100 million pounds of food – enough to provide more than 3 million meals every month to those who would otherwise go hungry.