More than 700,000 people in the Tampa Bay area are “food insecure” according to Feeding Tampa Bay. This means they lack reliable access to safe, nutritious food. Children are some of the most affected by food insecurity. When children experience hunger, they are more likely to struggle in school.
In 2009, The Junior League of Tampa partnered with Feeding Tampa Bay to create and sustain a “backpack” program. The goal is to provide food to disadvantaged children over the weekends, when they are not receiving meals at school.
Over 10,000 bags have food have been distributed so far this year to families in need. Each week more than 300 bags are distributed at six locations around the Tampa Bay Area. In addition to providing the weekly bags, the League hosted Farmer’s Markets at three sites where children had the opportunity to “shop” for their favorite produce.
Learn more about our partner Feeding Tampa Bay.