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Fighting Hunger in Tampa Bay With Food For Families

Posted by Seacoast Bank on May 7, 2018 11:18:23 AM

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Seacoast Bank is proud to be participating in one of our area’s largest food drives, Food for Families Tampa Bay, from May 28 through June 30.

The dates of this important initiative are meant to coincide with both World Hunger Day on May 28 and National Hunger Awareness Month in June. 

Seacoast will help lead a campaign to collect donations of nonperishable food items for Food for Families Tampa Bay, partnering with WFTS TV-28 ABC and Feeding Tampa Bay, the largest food collection and distribution nonprofit in the Tampa Bay area.

 

The Need for Food Rises During Summer 

There is a profound need for food donations during the summer months as schools are no longer providing children with government-funded meals, either breakfast or lunch.

Approximately 1 in 4 kids in the Tampa Bay area receive these meals.

Even during the school year, many at-risk students aren’t able to eat at all between lunch on Friday and breakfast Monday morning, according to Feeding Tampa Bay. When Monday to Friday meals are no longer available during the summer, these at-risk students may increasingly go hungry. Hunger affects their health, their energy, and their ability to learn. Food for Families Tampa Bay helps fight growing hunger during the summer.

 

The Scope of Hunger in Tampa Bay

More than 700,000 people in our area, of all ages, can be termed “food insecure,” according to Feeding Tampa Bay. What does that mean? It means they have no consistent or easy access to safe and nutritionally sufficient food. And if you associate hunger with homelessness, or with lack of education, think again. Many food-insecure folks are working adults, or children under 18, or senior citizens. They are local families. They pay rent. They have mortgages. They go to work. They go to school. They serve in the military. Nineteen percent of families who go hungry in our area have someone who is either currently serving in the military or has served in the past.

They are also hungry. 

 

By The Numbers

  • Overall, Florida is fourth in the nation for family hunger. Sixty percent of the people in West Central Florida are eligible for food stamps.
  • One person in six in our region — nearly 17% — goes hungry every day.
  • Nationwide, more than 16% of households with children experience food insecurity, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 

How We’ll Help

Collection Boxes: During Food for Families Tampa Bay, all 5 Seacoast branches in Tampa Bay will host collection boxes for nonperishable food items. The collection boxes will be available throughout the May 28-June 30 period.

Live Drop-Off Days, June 8 and June 22: Two live drop-off days will take place at Seacoast’s MacDill branch (402 MacDill Avenue). The first is Friday, June 8 and the second is Friday, June 22.

WFTS TV-28 ABC will be broadcasting live from the site, letting viewers know about Food for Families Tampa Bay and the live drop-off. They will also live stream Facebook interviews on location. Viewers can drive by the site, which will have tents, banners, and SeacoastBank employees helping with the donations.

Be sure to watch WFTS TV-28 for news about Food for Families Tampa Bay.

 

Looking for more ways to help? Contact your nearest Seacoast Bank location.

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