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Feeding Tampa Bay food bank still seeing high demand

Tampa’s largest food bank is still working above capacity, 18 months after the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Published Aug. 25

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Feeding Tampa Bay has increased its efforts to cover a surge in families in need of food.

Handled by a group of staff and volunteers, the team goes to drive-through distribution centers across the region and hands out boxes of food to the public. While the drive-through model is preferred to protect the health of everyone involved, walk-ups are also permitted.

Last year alone, the nonprofit organization was able to provide just shy of 95 million meals. That’s up 50 to 60 percent over the year before, and almost 100 percent from the year before that, Feeding Tampa Bay president and CEO Thomas Mantz said.

Feeding Tampa Bay offers a variety of food assistance options across 10 counties, such as mobile grocery locations, food pantries, benefits assistance and a job training program.

To give or get help, go to feedingtampabay.org.