Feed The Bay: Grocery stores will experience a flood of shoppers Sunday when more than 35 churches participate in Feed the Bay, an effort to restock Tampa Bay food pantries.
The annual event, which originated out of Bay Life Church in 2006, is a chance for people to give back to the communities where they live, work and worship. Participating churches include Bell Shoals Baptist, Journey Church of Brandon, First Baptist Church of Plant City and South Shore United Methodist Church.
Following Sunday services, churches will provide members with approved Feed the Bay shopping lists to use at participating Publix and Sweetbay supermarkets that day.
Participants will then work to collect a needed 150,000 pounds of food to distribute among 17 participating agencies, including Lord's Lighthouse Ministry, ECHO, Plant City Community Ministry and Nativity Outreach Food Bank.
When Feed the Bay started in 2006, Bay Life parishioners collected 30,000 pounds of food. In 2012, 38 churches participated and together brought in 180,908 pounds of goods.
This year, area businesses are helping bring in even more by hosting food drives. Area Walgreens, Advanced Auto Parts and Progressive Insurance offices are accepting donations through Sunday. Individuals not affiliated with participating organizations are also invited to contribute to Feed the Bay.
Participants can pick up a shopping list from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at participating stores. For more information, visit feedthebay.org. For a supermarket list, click on "Resources" at the top of the page, look for promotional items then click on 2013 Store List.
Manhattan Avenue United Methodist Church, 4511 S Manhattan Ave., will have its annual Spring Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4 in the Fellowship Hall. Shop for items including clothing, furniture, collectibles, books and plants. Baked goods and lunch will also be available. Call (813) 839-3361.
Bayshore Baptist Church, 3111 W Morrison Ave., will present a chorus show, Classics to Broadway, at 4 p.m. May 5. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, visit tbcchorus.org.
The Tampa Jewish Community Center & Federation, 13009 Community Campus Drive, offers a senior adult current events discussion group on alternate Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more information on the schedule, call (813) 264-9000. A registration form is available at jewishtampa.com under "Upcoming Events."
First Baptist Church of Tampa, 302 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, holds a family dinner every Wednesday at 5 p.m., followed by Bible study. For more information, call (813) 251-2425.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 509 N Florida Ave., Tampa, holds a divorced and separated support group Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, call (813) 229-1595.
The Palma Ceia United Methodist Women will hold its annual scholarship luncheon in Fellowship Hall, 3723 W Bay-to-Bay Blvd., Tampa, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27. The event will feature a fashion show sponsored by LaFrance Dejavu Garmenture, a historical presentation by the Tampa History Museum and items by local artists for purchase. Tickets are $15. Proceeds benefit scholarships for seminary students in the United Methodist Florida Conference. Tickets may be purchased in the church office until April 23. For more information, call (813) 837-1541.