To end hunger in Tampa Bay by bringing people together to find solutions that eliminate barriers, increase access and knowledge, and expand the amount of nutritious food available.


To build a hunger-free community with access to nutritious food for all.


To Foster Collaboration
To Embrace Change
To Inspire Hope
To Increase Awareness
To Promote Health
To Create a Lasting Impact

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We are a network of over 350 hunger fighters from all corners of the field who come together to share experiences, knowledge, and the workload in tackling hunger in the Tampa Bay area.  Working together, rather than separately, is smarter, more efficient, and more rewarding.  We don’t just identify solutions; we implement them.

Membership is open to all.




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Maggie Rogers

Director of Family Housing at Catholic Charities
Maggie Rogers is the director of family housing and all special projects at Catholic Charities over the five counties they cover: Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Citrus, and Hernando. She oversees all affordable housing
developments, immigration department, refugees department, self-sufficiency
programs, rental assistance, and homeless programs.

Christina Diamond

CEO of Diamond Consulting, LLC
Christina Diamond  has a masters in public health from Florida State University. She worked for four years at All Childrens Hospital, including two years in a program called Fit4AllKids. She now owns her own business, advising political candidates on state-wide fundraising strategies.

Emery Ivery

Tampa Area President of United Way Suncoast
Emery is the Tampa Bay Area President for United Way Suncoast. He has nearly 30 years of experience working at United Way, including senior-level management positions in Tacoma, Wash., Orlando, Fla., and his hometown of Cleveland. Emery holds a master’s degree in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University.

Deborah Lekenta
Immediate Past Chair

Transportation Director for Neighborly Care Network
Deborah Lekenta is the Transportation Director for Neighborly Care Network. She has worked here since September 2010. Ms. Lekenta spent 20 years with FedEx Express most of her career is in upper management.


Caitlyn Peacock
Executive Director

Caitlyn Peacock is the Executive Director of Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger. She is responsible for facilitating the mission of TBNEH, one of the largest non-profit anti-hunger, membership organizations in Florida, by fostering relationships with over 350 members and community organizations around food insecurity, building the capacity of organizations to provide food security related services, and promoting access to healthy food in Tampa Bay. She has developed and enhanced many programs to increase food security in Tampa Bay, including Gardens to Go, Meals on Wheels St. Petersburg, and Summer Break Spot. Cait also oversees the Hunger Gap Map, a premier  interactive meal gap map tracker, that is accessed by agencies all over the state to inform their mission and program growth. TBNEH Annual Conference.

Caitlyn has developed and helped launch Networks to End Hunger all over the State and expanding nationally, including Jacksonville, FL, Orlando, Florida, and Oak Park, Illinois. She also organizes the annual TBNEH Sunshine Summit to End Hunger conference each year. Cait has presented in numerous professional and academic settings, including the Department of Juvenile Justice and the National Alliance to End Hunger Annual Conference. She is an active member of the Humana Bold Moves 20/20, the Older Adult Food Insecurity Committee, and the Tampa Bay Health Advisory Board.
Before devoting her full time to TBNEH, Cait owned her own company, Next Stop Produce. NSP was one of the first mobile produce trucks in Tampa Bay to serve low income individuals and food desert neighborhoods. She holds previous positions tasked with solving hunger with Florida Impact, Metropolitan Ministries, and RCS Food Bank.

Cait lives in New Tampa, where she is happily married and madly in love with her son Bennett. She enjoys traveling to the mountains in Georgia and cooking with her family.

Ace Padian
Project Coordinator

Ace spent fourteen years in the legal field, including seven as a litigator in San Francisco, where she specialized in white collar criminal defense and employment law. Ace has a BA from Yale University and a JD from the University of California at Hastings College of the Law.  She began volunteering at TBNEH and the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, and is now honored to be the Project Coordinator at TBNEH.

Kelsey Litzenberger
Communications and Project Coordinator

AmeriCorps VISTA
Kelsey graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2017 with a B.A. degree focusing in Nutrition and Contemplative Studies. She found her passion for community service and hunger relief during her first year of AmeriCorps as a State/National member in Portland, OR. She is looking forward to learning about the needs of the Tampa Bay area and serving as Americorps VISTA with TBNEH.

Sandy Cooper
Chief Operations Officer

Retiring after 26 years at the University of South Florida, Sandy has joined the TBNEH staff as an Americorps VISTA  — Volunteer in Service to America.   With her background in building organizational capacity and professional development, she held various positions at USF, including Director of Talent Management and Assistant Dean of Continuing Education.  Sandy holds a B.A. in English education and an M.A. and Ph.D. in communication with a focus on organization and leadership development.  Her volunteer work includes Alpha House of Tampa, Feeding Tampa Bay, and Metropolitan Ministries.  As her long term goal has been a dedicated relationship with organizations in the nonprofit sector that are focusing on hunger, homelessness, and education and training, she is grateful for this opportunity to work with TBNEH.

Lauren M. Vance
Communication & Program Consultant

Lauren M. Vance, MPH, is a communication and program consultant for Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger. Her specialties include health, hunger, research and education. She designs and implements programs that enable organizations to achieve their development goals through instruction and effective communication. She has developed and enhanced many programs to increase food security in Tampa Bay, including Creating a Regenerative Food System, Meals On Wheels St. Pete, Produce On Wheels and Water on Wheels.

Lauren has developed and helped launch research studies and educational programs nationally and internationally, including the USA, Belize and Germany. She also assists  in the organization of the annual TBNEH Summit to End Hunger conference each year. Lauren has presented in numerous professional and academic settings, including the Florida Public Health Association Annual Educational Conference, Sunshine Summit to End Hunger and the Meals On Wheels America Annual Conference.

Before moving to Berlin, Lauren was the Director of Programs and Partners for Meals On Wheels of Tampa. She holds previous staff and volunteer positions tasked with solving hunger with University of South Florida, James A Haley Veterans Hospital, Trinity Cafe and Berliner Tafel. She earned her Masters in Public Health from the University of South Florida and a Bachelors in Anthropology and International Studies, Global Health from the University of Iowa.

Lauren lives in Berlin, Germany and enjoys reading, riding her bike, traveling to visit family in Italy and cooking healthy meals for her friends.