Tampa, FL – December 22, 2013 In an effort to maximize food contributions in Tampa Bay, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay announced a $250,000 grant awarded to Feeding America Tampa Bay. The quarter million award will be used to supply food throughout the Foundation’s service area of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties.
“This grant is significant not only because of its sheer size,” said Marlene Spalten, President and CEO of the Community Foundation. “But it shows the impact our donors make in our community,” said Spalten. The award is a sum of gifts from anonymous Foundation donors and the organization’s Community Impact Fund – unrestricted gifts used to benefit the community of Tampa Bay.
Feeding America Tampa Bay acts as a wholesale hunger relief organization, supplying the areas food banks and nonprofit hunger organizations with food at a cost which enables more meals to be served. Thomas Mantz, Executive Director, points to statistics showing the need in Tampa Bay and effectiveness of his organization. “For every $1.00 raised, we can return 7 meals to the community,” says Mantz. “Therefore this $250,000 gift will translate into 1,750,000 meals in the community. That’s a staggering number.”
“As a Community Foundation, we are keenly aware of the needs of Tampa Bay,” reflects Spalten. “We are as aware of our incredible donors’ wishes to make their gifts go as far as they possibly can. By supporting Feeding America Tampa Bay, we know we are maximizing food contributions in our four county service area in Tampa Bay.”
The Community Foundation serves as a connector between philanthropists who may or may not wish to remain anonymous, and the nonprofit organizations or interests they wish to support. Donor Advised Funds held through the Foundation, enable donors to support nonprofit organizations or causes they are passionate about, such as feeding more than 700,000 hungry residents in Tampa Bay. Through over 735 funds, area donors are impacting the Tampa Bay community for good.
Hundreds of agencies stand to benefit from this quarter million dollar award in the Foundation’s four county service area, including Trinity Café, E.C.H.O. of Brandon, and Metropolitan Ministries in Hillsborough County; Beth-El Farmworkers Mission, St. Anne Catholic Church Food Pantry, and Lord’s Lighthouse in South Hillsborough County; St. Petersburg Free Clinic and the Sheperd Center in Pinellas County; Day Star Hope Center in Pasco County; and Jericho Road Ministries in Hernando County. For a complete list of agencies supported through Feeding America Tampa Bay, please visit www.FeedingAmericaTampaBay.org.
About the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay
The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay has been growing philanthropy in the Tampa Bay region for nearly a quarter of a century. Across Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties, the Foundation works with donors to identify and support those initiatives and organizations that improve the quality of life in our community. The Foundation has awarded $150 million in grants since inception and has assets (2013) of $162 million.