YMCA & Community Partners Team Up to Feed Families
Tampa Bay, FL (April 7, 2020) – The YMCAs of the Tampa Bay are teaming up with community partners to feed families and fight food insecurity during these unprecedented times. The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, YMCA of the Suncoast and YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg are working with Feeding Tampa Bay, local school districts and other organizations to help provide fresh food to families across Greater Tampa Bay.
Thanks to the generosity of its year-round supporters and new weekly donations from Feeding Tampa Bay, the Tampa Y’s Veggie Van – A Mobile Market can distribute even more pre-packaged bags of produce in food deserts, free of charge. The Y’s Veggie Van stops in the communities of Tampa Heights, Sulphur Springs, Plant City, Dover, TGH Healthpark, Wimauma and Lacoochee. No ID, paperwork or pre-screening required. For more information on schedules and stops, contact Lauren.Reyes@tampaymca.org or call 813.867.5440.
Several YMCA locations also serve as food distribution sites in the following ways:
ST. PETERSBURG FREE CLINIC
Families with children at home can receive free family-friendly foods in a drive-thru type model.
CHILDS PARK YMCA
691 43rd St. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
FEEDING TAMPA BAY BREAKSPOT MEALS
Open to children 18 and under. In a drive-thru type model, each child receives a free to-go meal for today and breakfast for tomorrow.
1005 S. Highland Ave.
Clearwater, FL 33756
GREATER RIDGECREST YMCA
1801 119th St. N
Largo, FL 33778
FEEDING TAMPA BAY MOBILE PANTRY
Anyone can receive a free pre-packaged box of groceries in a drive-thru type model.
JAMES P. GILLS FAMILY YMCA
8411 Photonics Drive
Trinity, FL 34655
PASCO COUNTY SCHOOLS
School buses deliver free bags of food, which include breakfast and lunch for five days for each student.
EAST PASCO FAMILY YMCA
37301 Chapel Hill Lp.
Zephyrhills, FL 33542
About the YMCAs of Tampa Bay
Each year, the YMCAs of Tampa Bay collectively serve over 400,000 members of our community across Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Citrus & Hernando counties. The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, YMCA of the Suncoast & YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg are all 4-star charities that strengthen the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. By nurturing the potential of children and teens, improving the community’s health and well-being and providing opportunities to give back and support neighbors - the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. www.ymcatampabay.org