July 21, 2021
General Mills is the company that produces many of your most favorite, most iconic cereals -- but they're also responsible for TONS of other beloved breakfast, lunch, and dinner foods that you can find in any grocery store. On today's episode we're grateful to have Scott Nevitt (Sr. Customer Mgr.) and Katie Fenech (Brand Experience Asst. Mgr.) join us to marvel at the lifelong impact foods like breakfast cereal have on each and every one of us. This year alone General Mills helped us collect over 2 MILLION meals worth of food during our annual Cereal for Summer campaign. Tune in to learn about all the foods in your fridge that you didn't even know came from General Mills, and stick around to meet Kathryn Burch from our news partner 10 Tampa Bay! Kathryn has been helping FTB spread the word about food relief for years, and she shares with us the importance of that message to her and to her media team.
Follow us on social media @FeedingTampaBay to stay up to date on our annual campaigns, and learn how you can get involved in feeding your community!
July 14, 2021
The University of South Florida stands with Feeding Tampa Bay not only to feed struggling youth in our community, but to understand why they're struggling, and how best to help them. Their faculty and staff are uniquely capable of conducting the necessary research to understand and fight hunger in the demographics we serve, never missing an opportunity to collaborate with us on exciting new projects. We are, better together forming The Center for the Advancement of Food Insecurity and Healthy Communities.
On today's episode, meet Dr. Eric Eisenberg, the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and learn how the three campuses USF has in the surrounding counties provide opportunities to their students and their communities to rise out of their collective struggles and live the lives that are the healthiest and most fulfilling possible.
Learn more about our partnerships with USF by following us on social media @FeedingTampaBay! And Go Bulls!
June 23, 2021
It may take a village to raise a barn, but Rob Rozmeski, founder of construction contracting outfit the Zackary Group, did much more than that with far fewer people. Rob knows how incredibly essential it is to have support from your community of loved ones during hard times, and knows maybe better than anyone how important it is to have four walls and a roof for those loved ones to thrive under. So when he agreed to bring our dream of a Feeding Pinellas Community Center in Lealman, we were overjoyed -- and the result has been astonishing. Tune in to hear how Rob was called to give back to his community, through the skills he acquired growing a small business into a mighty one.
Then stick around to hear from FTB's own weather/handy man, Jim Carpenter, who has been holding our operation together with his own two hands for the better part of a decade. He explains how FTB acts as a first responder to cities all over the East coast of the country, and how our experience with hurricane aftermath prepared us to contend with the overwhelming need created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Follow us on social media @FeedingTampaBay to stay up to date with our latest projects and programs, and to learn how you can get involved in building a better community for all of our families to grow in.
June 9, 2021
You may know Tyson as "the chicken company" but they provide much more than just delicious wings and nuggets to your local grocery store -- they also provide thousands of pounds of food to food banks and veterans around our community. On today's episode Sales Lead Kevin Ordway shares the company's philosophy on philanthropy, and all of the important ways that people can help even when they don't have a massive tractor trailer of chicken to share!
Follow @Feedingtampabay on social media to stay up to date on all the ways that you can help too, and visit our website FeedingTampaBay.org to donate or volunteer with us in your community!
May 25, 2021
The people we serve come from all walks of life, and an array of cultures. We respect how important it is to meet them in their world -- providing foods and services that are meaningful to them, and to communicate in ways they can easily understand. On this week's episode, we're joined by Jaclyn Boland, CEO of the InterCultural Advocacy Institute, a wonderful organization that has helped us serve the Hispanic and Latinx community in their area. Jaclyn shares the story of her round-the-world journey into cultural philanthropy. Then on WTFB? meet our Community Partnerships Manager, Wilmarie Colon Alvarado, whose job is to ensure that we're serving our neighbors in the best way possible for them personally!
Browse our website FeedingTampaBay.org in one of the multiple language options we provide, and sign up for our informational texting service by texting FTBFYI (for English), or FTBPARATI (for Spanish)to 833-530-3663. Don't miss direct alerts about available food and services in your area!
May 12, 2021
Fans of the Tampa radio station Hot 101.5 have probably listened to the Miguel and Holly Show on their way to work. But for those who are out of range, our guest Miguel Fuller joins us on today's episode about living LIVE on-air, and accepting help in our own times of need. Follow Miguel's odyssey from Atlanta, GA to Tampa, FL, and hear how he came to live a life he never dreamed possible, and why it inspires him every day to give back (and pay it forward)!
Listen to Miguel and holly on 101.5 FM from 6-10am, and listen to more episodes of our podcast on your favorite platform (Spotify, Apple Music, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and more). You can also find the episodes on our website FeedingTampaBay.org, along with plenty of other information about our cause, and ways to get involved.
May 4, 2021
Tampa Bay experienced another first this year with Wrestlemania37! WWE Superstar Big E made an impressive, surprise entrance rocking our brand from head to toe! On this episode we find out Big E's motivation and how many meals the auction of his gear will serve and how he's using his influence to help others as well. Plus! Don't miss a very special WTFB? guest who busts in! (hint: he ALSO might be known to most as WWE's Global Ambassador Titus O'Neil but around here, we call him Thad)
And as ever, follow us on social @FeedingTampaBay to stay up to speed on our mission of ending hunger in Tampa Bay by 2025!
April 21, 2021
Few people understand the importance of showing up as well as players on a sports team. And Peter Masone, General Manager of the Tampa Bay Cannons, has been showing up every Saturday for over a year to help us feed his neighbors in Pinellas County. Tune in to learn how the Cannons moved to Tampa Bay, and adopted the community as their own in a time of great need.
Then stick around to learn about more amazing opportunities to help out from our Feeding Pinellas Volunteer Supervisor, Antoine Everett! Our newest Trinity Cafe location in St. Petersburg will provide hot food, frozen meals, showers, laundry, and more to folks that are struggling -- and we can't do it without you!
Visit FeedingTampaBay.org to see what volunteer opportunities are available, and follow us @FeedingTampaBay on social to see what we do on a daily basis!
April 4, 2021
YMCA's across the nation serve as community hubs where members can exercise, learn new skills, gather with fellow members of their faith, swim, dance, and more. And as CEO of the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA Matt Mitchell explains, the collective goal of the organization is to adapt to the needs of their individual communities. So when the pandemic began last year, and members were having difficulty finding child care and food, the YMCA stepped in to provide, at no small cost to themselves. Tune in to learn about all the ways your local "gym & swim" is really so much more than that.
And to find out about more of our community partners and ways you can get involved, visit FeedingTampaBay.org and follow us on social media @FeedingTampaBay!
March 28, 2021
It may come as a surprise to many that food banks exist in some of the more affluent areas around Tampa, let alone that residents actually visit it. But the Community Food Pantry in Carrollwood has been a life raft for hundreds of locals who have fallen on hard times, even before the pandemic. Their fearless director, Monica Wilson, joins us on the show to share how a single experience with her son drove her to take up the fight against hunger, and where that has lead her to today. Then join us for WTFB where our Director of Agency Relations, Catherine Godwin, explains where the heck all of this food comes from, and how a small team of drivers and volunteers get it where it's going.
To learn more about what we do, and the partners who help us do it, visit FeedingTampaBay.org, and follow us on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn @FeedingTampaBay!