Tampa Bay Buccaneers players, cheerleaders and team mascot Captain Fear are joining more than 80 UnitedHealthcare employees today to pack food boxes at Feeding America Tampa Bay.
The athletes and employees are working together to fight hunger and help the food bank provide 10,000 meals to hungry people throughout west central Florida. UnitedHealthcare is also donating $15,000 in support of Feeding America Tampa Bay’s Mobile Pantry Program. The food bank’s Mobile Pantry delivers groceries directly to people who live in the area’s most vulnerable communities.
“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and UnitedHealthcare are both deeply committed to the central Florida community,” said Kevin Brown, community relations manager, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “By teaming up to support Feeding America Tampa Bay, we hope to make a positive impact on the quality of life for our communities and reach more people who desperately need help accessing nutritious foods.”
Tuesday’s event follows the Dec. 9 "Sack Hunger and Holiday Toy Drive" at Raymond James Stadium, which was hosted by the Glazer Family Foundation, Raymond James Financial, Southern Ford Dealers and UnitedHealthcare. The drive, which collected nonperishable food and new, unwrapped toys, benefitted local charities including Feeding America Tampa Bay, which distributes food donations to hungry populations throughout west central Florida.
“With support from the community and partners like UnitedHealthcare, this is a tremendous boost in helping to alleviate hunger in the Tampa area,” said Thomas Mantz, executive director, Feeding America Tampa Bay. “Together we can elevate our effort to feed people in need.”
The number of west central Florida residents in need of food assistance has grown dramatically over the past three years to more than 700,000, 250,000 of whom are children. In the past 12 months, Feeding America Tampa Bay has distributed more than 35 million pounds of food – enough to provide more than 2 million meals every month.