Tampa, Florida -- Sweetbay is teaming up with The Junior League of Tampa's 'Food 4 Kids' program and 'Pack-A-Sack', a United Methodist Cooperative Ministries initiative in Pinellas to help feed hungry children in our area.
It's estimated nearly 250,000 children in Tampa Bay do not have access to healthy food on a regular basis.
This is where The Junior League of Tampa and United Cooperative Ministries step in to help and this month, the programs are getting a boost from Sweetbay.
As part of its Sweetbay Supports Snacks for Kids, the company is donating $20,000 to each program that provides weekend meals for needy students.
In addition, you will be able to help local kids by making a $1 or $3 snack donation at any Sweetbay store to support the programs. The campaign to feed children runs from today through September 30th.
The Junior League of Tampa will put the donation toward its Food 4 Kids program which helped feed 200 families (800 people) last year. The League provides a grocery bag full of healthy food to children and their families who may otherwise go hungry during their weekend break from school.
"This year, with the help of Sweetbay, we will be able to feed more than 300 families, or just over 1,200 people," said Stephanie Wiendl, president of the The Junior League of Tampa.
Food 4 Kids is aiming to feed 1,000 families within the next three years.
United Methodist Cooperative Ministries is also working to feed hungry children and their families. Pack-A-Sack 4 Kids serves 800 people in Pinellas County, providing a pack of 12 nutritious snacks to the school children every Friday. The program is expanding into Pasco and Manatee Counties with the goal of providing 2,000 snack packs in the three county area over the next two years.
"Sweetbay's donation will provide the full funding to buy 5,000 more snacks and will allow us to feed another 120 children for the year," said Pam Qualls, executive director for United Methodist Cooperative Ministries.