Goodwill and Feeding America Tampa Bay Team Up for a Back to School Food Drive
As many as 250,000 kids go hungry in Tampa Bay every day. For that reason, Goodwill-Suncoast and Feeding America Tampa Bay (FATB) are partnering to carry out a food drive to bring kid-friendly food to the most needy areas of Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties.
From Aug. 1 through Aug. 23, the two organizations ask that donations of non-perishable kid-friendly foods be dropped off at Goodwill-Suncoast retail stores in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties. Food donations will be accepted inside Goodwill stores as well as at donation doors at stores. Goodwill’s storefront donation centers at the Indian Rocks Shopping Center in Largo and at 7601 Park Blvd. in Pinellas Park will also accept food donations. For a list of Goodwill retail store locations, visit www.goodwill-suncoast.org.
Foods most needed include: canned goods with pop-tops, microwaveable meals (like mac n’ cheese), cereal, oatmeal, granola bars, juice boxes, crackers, fruit cups, applesauce, dried fruit snacks, peanut butter, jelly.
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 America 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 America 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 600 faith-based and other incorporated non-profit hunger relief organizations. Over the last five years, Feeding America 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.