Feeding America Tampa Bay is the unsung hero of Central Florida. Last year (2013) the foodbank delivered over 40 million pounds of food to fight hunger in 10 counties surrounding the Tampa Bay area. Relying on corporate grants, individual donations and over 70,000 volunteer hours, FATB managed to deliver the equivalent of 10 means for every dollar spent by the organization -- almost double the average for Feeding America organizations across the country.
Surprisingly, few people in the community know about FATB. But lots of charities, food pantries, religious organizations and other sources of food for the hungry know FATB very well. Last year, over 60% of all donated food handed out in Central Florida by front line organizations was distributed to those good souls by FATB.
As a board member, you might think my rating is biased. I prefer to think of it as based on first-hand knowledge of what this tremendous group of incredibly motivated, hard-working and good-hearted people do for our communities.
Whether we like to believe it or not, hunger relamins a serious problem in our nation, our State of Florida, and in the Tampa Bay area. In the Fight Against Hunger, we've got a tremendous ally in Feeding America Tampa Bay.
Feeding America Tampa Bay is an amazing place to put your time into. The people there are such a joy to work along side with. They are some of the most charismatic people I have ever met. They are constantly working and reaching out beyond what their jobs require. I helped at a food distribution and It all opened my eyes to see how bad people are starving! These people were walking miles to get food and they are getting a lot of it. People receiving the food were so grateful of Feeding America Tampa Bay, and I am too. They gave those people hope that they wont starve or that their kids have their next meal.