Food trucks are providing free meals for those impacted by Hurricane Irma at 11 a.m. today (Sept. 14) at three different sites in Tampa Bay: Green Field, 2419 E 31st Ave.; NFL Yet Center, 3310 E Lake Ave.; Love First Christian Center, 12847 Balm Riverview Road.
A fourth rally will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Save-A-Lot parking lot, 5015 Gulfport Blvd. S, in Gulfport.
The effort is led in part by Bucs defensive lineman Clinton McDonald, State Sen. Darryl Rouson, Dolman Law Group and a variety of food trucks. Learn more @macclid on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Feeding Tampa Bay continues to target specific areas that have been distressed by a loss of power or other challenges. It's distribution points today include Belmont Heights Estates, 2419 E 31st Avenue, from 3-4:30 p.m. and the Dover Boys & Girls Club, 2820 Gallagher Road, from 4-5:30 p.m.
The nonprofit also is looking for donated goods, including canned ready-to-eat items with pull tops (vegetables, fruit); protein in pouches or pull-top cans (tuna, beef stew, chili, canned chicken); snacks (granola bars, breakfast bars, etc); peanut butter; toiletries; paper goods, diapers and cleaning supplies (mops, mop buckets, brooms, bleach wipes, bleach, garbage bags, bug spray).
Feeding Tampa Bay also is accepting monetary donations. For more information, visit feedingtampabay.org/Irma-relief.
One group that made a significant donation to Feeding Tampa Bay is the The Tampa Bay Disaster Relief Fund. The collaborative, multi-county effort sparked by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and several United Way outlets in the region approved its first nonprofit grant on Wednesday: $100,000 to Feeding Tampa Bay to help with its distributions.
Local companies and organizations have stepped up to support the fund. The Tampa Bay Partnership and St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership are reaching out to their member companies. Individuals can also support relief efforts by texting IRMA2017 to 41444.