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November 10, 2018
A lunch box. It may seem like a small and insignificant part of a child’s day. But as a parent, you aspire to fill that box with more than just food. It represents the care that goes into preparing a meal made with love. Across Tampa Bay, 1 in 4 children deals with a hunger that they can’t understand every day. The stories of these children and their families are often overlooked but are vital to understanding the impact that hunger has on childhood. The absence of a lunch box is more than a lost piece of childhood – it’s the absence of healthy meals. For a child, food is more than sustenance. Food fuels potential. It’s a conduit for growth, is vital for learning, and a common ground for family time.
Hunger doesn’t take a break after the holiday season. It’s a year-round struggle affecting 1 in 7 of our hard-working neighbors. Feeding Tampa Bay exists to feed the potential of children and families in our community. Supported by more than 500 partner agencies, programs such as our school pantries, after-school meals, backpack programs, and mobile pantries are working to end hunger in Tampa Bay.
When these children have access to healthy meals and consistent nourishment, they become more engaged and confident students, making them more likely to receive good grades and interact with friends and classmates. In fact, our Feeding Minds School Pantry program has been so instrumental to student success that 10 additional pantries will be opening in the 2018-19 school year.
This holiday season, when you donate to Feeding Tampa Bay, you are fueling the future of children in our community. Whether you have three minutes or three hours, there are many ways you can help fuel the potential of the young minds of Tampa Bay:
3 Minutes: The struggle of hunger is often silent, but you can give those in need a voice at HungerIsQuiet.com.
3 Hours: Feeding Tampa Bay’s Family Night gives parents with children of any age an opportunity to network with other like-minded families and volunteer in a productive way.
$30: Feeding Tampa Bay can provide 10 meals for every $1 donated, creating 30 meals for just $30 this holiday season.
At Feeding Tampa Bay, we are inspired by our caring community of families in this region, and we wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season.