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Lightning reach 100,000 meals milestone for Feeding Tampa Bay

Executive chef Waylon Nelson and his team have been preparing up to 2,000 meals daily and 10,000 meals a week.

TAMPA — The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t slowed down the chefs inside of Amalie Arena, who are responsible for feeding the Lightning during the season. In fact, they might be busier than normal.

On Wednesday, the franchise announced it had reached a milestone of donating 100,000 meals to Feeding Tampa Bay, which has focused on helping those with food insecurities during the pandemic.

The Lightning’s food and beverage partner — Delaware North Corporation — is responsible for concessions and all events inside the arena. They’ve been working diligently since April 9 to help those in need in Tampa Bay.

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Executive chef Waylon Nelson and his team of six to eight people have been preparing up to 2,000 meals daily and 10,000 meals a week.

The meals have been provided to people who cannot leave their homes or get to a grocery store. Some meals have been delivered to food drives, which have been distributed by Feeding Tampa Bay across the region.

“It has been a true honor and privilege for me and the team to be able to participate and give back during this time of great need in the community,” Nelson said in a statement. “We all thank Jeff Vinik for his generosity to enable us to perform such a great task.”

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