Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa parents plan to take over delivery of Evos food to school

TAMPA — A group of parents at MacFarlane Park Elementary School figured out how to have their meatless burger and eat it, too.

No, they won't invite a health food chain inside the west Tampa school to deliver prepaid lunches.

But yes, they'll order food for their kids with this wrinkle: Volunteers will take possession of the meals off school grounds and deliver them to the kids.

"We are going to continue forward," said Tristan Schofer, a mother of three and president of the magnet school's PTA.

District officials had ended the parents' practice of sending out for children's lunches from the Evos chain, citing a districtwide food service agreement that prohibits competition.

About 44 kids took part last year, Schofer said. No money changed hands at the school, cafeteria workers were not involved, and the PTA raised about $500.

But things changed this year with a directive from the district.

And parents rebelled. "We consider this an infringement on our civil liberties," Schofer said.

Addressing the issue at Tuesday's School Board meeting, South Tampa member Candy Olson said that although some kids might not be able to afford the restaurant meals, she understands the parents' preference.

"Let's find a way to get to yes, please," she said.

At their own meeting Thursday, parents launched a petition drive, Schofer said.

Confident that their new arrangement gets around the competition issue, they plan to resume the lunch service in about 10 days.

"We feel we are within the rules and within the parameters, and we don't need their approval," Schofer said.

Hearing the plan, district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said, "Parents are always allowed to bring lunch to their children."

But she could not say how officials will react to volunteers serving their own kids and, say, 20 more.

Not only that: Those at Thursday's meeting were divided between Evos and Wholesome Tummies, another health food chain.

That means the new delivery system might involve both.

Marlene Sokol can be reached at (813) 226-3356 or

Tampa parents plan to take over delivery of Evos food to school 10/06/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 6, 2011 11:01pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Review: Arcade Fire open hearts, play with passion at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa


    Gloves off, hearts open and disco balls glittering, Arcade Fire scaled the stage for the first time ever in Tampa, pouncing and flailing and performing with all the passion that’s made them one of the world’s most celebrated rock bands this century.

    Arcade Fire performed at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa on Sept. 22, 2017.
  2. Lightning's Steven Stamkos looks close to top form in first game since November

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The wait felt like forever for Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, having gone 10 months without playing in a game.

    A scramble in front of the Lightning goal has Matthew Peca, far left, and Erik Cernak, middle, helping out goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy during the third period of a 3-1 win against the Predators. Vasilevskiy, who made 29 saves, was “exceptional,” coach Jon Cooper says.
  3. Rays journal: Alex Cobb may have pitched last game in Rays uniform (w/video)

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — RHP Alex Cobb pitched well enough to lead the Rays to an 8-3 win over the Orioles on Friday.

    Wilson Ramos gives thanks after hitting a grand slam during the second inning, putting the Rays up 4-0.
  4. Steven Souza Jr. vindicating big trade for Rays

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — There was a time when the three-team, 11-player transaction the Rays orchestrated to get Steven Souza Jr. from the Nationals looked liked a bad deal.

    The Rays’ Steven Souza Jr. has 30 home runs this season while improving his defense and baserunning but wants to improve on his .236 batting average.
  5. Fennelly: Lightning's Manon Rheaume made history 25 years ago Saturday

    Lightning Strikes

    The name is part of Lightning history, hockey history, sports history.

    Lightning goalie Manon Rheaume became the first woman to play in an NHL game 25 years ago today.