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Meet SVP Tampa Bay Class of 2020: Feeding Tampa Bay

Click the play button to hear from Mandy Cloninger of Feeding Tampa Bay. 

In the coming weeks, the St. Pete Catalyst will introduce each of the organizations competing in the 2020 Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch. This two-month program has brought together the best and brightest of Tampa Bay’s nonprofit world for a training and mentoring program that culminates in an exciting pitch night.

Get your tickets 50% off for the Feb. 20 SVP Fast Pitch with our special St. Pete Catalyst offer here. (code already applied!)

Meet Feeding Tampa Bay.

In 2019, Feeding Tampa Bay rescued and distributed 50 million meals. On any given day, Feeding Tampa Bay’s 40 trucks are traveling throughout the 10-county area, “rescuing” food that would otherwise be thrown away, from retail partners like grocery stores and even farmers themselves. That rescued food is then recycled and distributed to partners like local food pantries located in churches and schools, along with larger organizations like the St. Pete Free Clinic. Some of those foods even go toward Feeding Tampa Bay’s two locations of its full-service, no-cost restaurant, Trinity Cafe.

Feeding Tampa Bay knows that hunger happens to everyday people, every day. And it’s not abstract – hunger is a local problem. In Tampa Bay, one in six people are struggling with hunger and food insecurity. These one in six are neighbors, classmates, coworkers. Often hardworking people that don’t have enough to weather an emergency.

Feeding Tampa Bay is constantly iterating and partnering to expand its operations. They’ve partnered with PSTA to serve some of the agency’s largest and busiest bus stops, and are working toward opening their third Pinellas County Trinity Cafe location this spring.

Learn more about Feeding Tampa Bay’s continuing expansion and pitch for the grand prize at this year’s Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch!

Megan Holmes

Megan Holmes is managing editor of the St. Pete Catalyst. By day, Megan writes, project manages and practices untraining her oxford comma habit at the St. Pete Catalyst. By early morning and late night, she lives at CrossFit9 with a barbell in her hands. She believes that exercise is the greatest prescription for every ailment, but that a hot cup of coffee and a nice sour beer will do in a pinch. She loves all things local – so you might spot her trying out a new eatery, biking around this beautiful city, or walking her beloved Shiba Inu, Max.

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