May 4, 2022
Recorded on location at the WellBuilt Bikes shop in the University Mall, we talk philanthropy and philosophy with grassroots community organizer, Jon Dengler. He shares how a single conversation with a homeless neighbor led him to build an organization that works tirelessly to support people struggling with poverty and independence. From opening his home to the unhoused, to starting community gardens, to providing free bikes to customers who complete a bit of community service -- Jon has collaborated with like minds to move mountains for people, without the backing of any major corporate or government funding. Tune in for an inspiring story that will help you to see poverty differently, and how much something small like a working bicycle can mean in helping someone out of a rut in their life.
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April 20, 2022
What if your child could get a dental check-up without having to leave school? And if your elderly neighbor could get food for free when their money is tight? And if someone could help you navigate confusing government programs online? Well at Gulfside Elementary, all of these things are made possible through the Community Partnership program they are a part of -- and the services offered are available to students, families, and any other residents in the area who need help.
On this episode we're joined by the Gulfside Hub director, Mary Brown. And she explains not only how the program works, but how they've already seen amazing, measurable results in the few short years that it's been open. Tune in to learn how community partners have come together to support Gulfside and other schools all over Florida. And follow @FeedingTampaBay on any social platform to see how we're providing support too, so you can get involved!
April 6, 2022
It's become a tradition over the past 7 years for us to collect thousands of cereal boxes during the summer, to help feed children who normally depend on their schools for breakfast. And we have Kathryn Bursch and her team from local news station 10 Tampa Bay to thank for coming up with the idea and putting it into action. This year's collection is already underway, and Kathryn joins us on today's episode to tell you a bit about Cereal for Summer, and how you can get involved to help feed hungry children! Visit Cerealforsummer.org for more information.
And follow us on social media @FeedingTampaBay to see all the wonderful work being done by our partners like General Mills, who donated over 85 thousand boxes of cereal directly to Feeding Tampa Bay this year!
March 28, 2022
We return to our two-part episode featuring our friend Ian Adair from the Gracepoint Foundation, and our conversation about mental health in times of crisis. In part one we focused on the ways that world events, and their inescapable presence on social media, can have a negative impact on our mental health -- as well as ways to combat that impact. But in part two, Ian helps us understand the importance of mental health in the workplace. We spend so much of our lives working, and if that environment isn't one where we feel seen, heard, and understood, it's unlikely that we'll be happy there for very long.
If you missed it, click here to check out the previous episode!
And if you want to hear the first episode where Ian joined us on the show, click here.
Follow @FeedingTampaBay for future updates about the show, and ways you can get involved in the fight against hunger.
March 23, 2022
What can you do when there seems to be crisis all around you? Mental health guru Ian Adair joins us once again for a conversation about coping in healthy ways with the pandemic, a struggling economy, and now, a war between Ukraine and Russia that has the entire world on edge. He and Thomas Mantz, our Feeding Tampa Bay CEO, dive into the way that social media and news overload can affect us, our children, and our relationships with one another. And this episode has two parts! In part one we discuss the personal ways that people can develop tools for creating peace in their lives, and then in part two (releasing next week) we discuss ways to foster peace and understanding in the workplace.
To learn more about how the Ukraine conflict has affected folks right here in Tampa Bay, check out this powerful Tampa Bay Times article by Christopher O'Donnell.
And to listen to the previous episode where Ian joined us to talk about his work with the Gracepoint Foundation, click here!
Follow us for more information about the fight against hunger by searching @FeedingTampaBay on your favorite social media platforms.
March 9, 2022
Lisa Unger has had a passion for writing stories since she was a girl, and for the past 20 years has put out one new novel each year. She joins us on today's episode to describe how we all have creativity within and how she finds her muse "in the quiet" for her character-driven stories, and what it's like to grow up with a career dream that people tell you is silly or unlikely. We're also joined by a special guest host, our own Kelley Sims, adding to the rich environment of female leaders, mothers, and passionate strivers we celebrate this March during National Women's Month. Tune in to learn how reading is just as important for your children as a healthy meal, and how you can support Feeding Tampa Bay by buying books like Lisa's!
Follow us on your favorite social media platforms @FeedingTampaBay for more great insights and future guests!
February 23, 2022
Sometimes all it takes to start the spiral into inescapable poverty is a few unpaid parking tickets. When someone is already struggling with money, small legal fines can result in their license being taken away, and then they often can't earn any money at all. Sarah Couture, Florida Director of the Fines & Fees Justice Center, joins us on this episode to explain how her work seeks to erase these pitfalls from our legal system, so that people who find themselves in trouble don't end up stuck there.
A more equitable justice system not only benefits the individuals navigating it, but benefits the system itself, which often relies on the payment of fines and fees for funding. Tune in to learn how telling YOUR story of legal complications can actually make a difference, and also, how a little hot sauce can vastly improve your grandma's patented mac and cheese recipe.
And as always, follow us on social media @FeedingTampaBay for more tips on how you can help improve your community for yourself, for your children, and for your neighbors in need!
February 9, 2022
After a year of perfecting the recipe, we finally get to sit with LJ Govoni and Shannon Brooks to taste their delightful creation, "Hops for Hunger" -- a collaborative project that benefits Feeding Tampa Bay each time somebody buys one of the perfectly-named brews. Big Storm Brewing has been a staple for decades in the Tampa Bay region, and they truly are masters of their craft. On today's episode they walk us through the history of the company, as well as the funny story that led to our partnership with them, and ultimately to this wheaty, citrusy drink idea. And stick around to hear from special guest taste-testers from our own team, and other local nonprofits like John Dengel from Tampa's own WellBuilt Bikes!
To see clips from other episodes, or learn more about our mission of ending hunger in Tampa Bay, visit FeedingTampaBay.org, or follow us on your favorite social media platform @FeedingTampaBay!
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January 26, 2022
George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida is like a second home to New York's own Yankees. Over the course of their 27 seasons here, some of the biggest names in baseball have trained right in our own backyard. And on today's episode we have the pleasure of reminiscing with Howard Grosswirth, the Yankees' Vice President of Corporate Sales, and a member of the Feeding Tampa Bay board of directors. He shares with us the Yankees' devoted history of supporting their communities, and the ways that the Steinbrenner family continues to be a huge believer in missions like that of Feeding Tampa Bay. With their help, and yours, we are working to make Tampa Bay healthy, happy, and hunger-free.
Click here to listen to our episode featuring Brian Auld, President of the Tampa Bay Rays
Click here to listen to our episode featuring Ian Beckles, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer
Learn more about our partnerships with the Yankees, the Rays, the Bucs, the Lightning and others by visiting our website or following us on social media @FeedingTampaBay!
January 12, 2022
Behind all of the phenomenal work done every day by our food bank staff and volunteers are the members of the Feeding Tampa Bay board of directors, who guide and support our organization in the mission of ending hunger in our community. On today's episode we are joined by three of those board members, each with their own passionate story about why fighting hunger is important to them, and how their unique positions allow them to do just that.
Two of these huge-hearted individuals have been on the show before, so if you missed those episodes, or just want to revisit them, find the links below! And as ever, if you want to find more info about Feeding Tampa Bay and how you can help us lift up the children and families that need us, visit FeedingTampaBay.org.
Monica Wilson - Director, Community Food Pantry
Roberto Torres - Owner, Blind Tiger Cafe