Past Initiatives

2016-2017 Work Teams

15-Acre Initiative Work Team

Will Carey, Chair  tbhgm (at)
Work Team Members:
Barbara Todd
Caitlyn Peacock
Pat Rogers

To grow sustainable gardens for purposes of educating and feeding the community.

Update: MOU is in process of being signed so the work can continue on the property.

The work team continues to prepare the ground for farm use.  They have established relationships with locals and have a distribution base in place with a local food pantry, as well as a tie-in to the local hospital’s nutrition and dietary staff.  The team has requested a grant to fund removal of any dangerous structures and materials to ensure the area is safe for volunteers.

Update: March 14, 2016

There is a sign out front now with the address.  Next week –a mailbox  will be put in.  Will be asking for help with a flyer in the future.  Problem with the rain has caused additional ponds on the property in addition to the existing ponds and most of the roads are flooded right now.  Zoning is agricultural so that will not be a problem and we’re now friendly with Juarez Farms right next to us, and a tractor has been located who’s willing to come up and work the property.

First Update:

In communication with Pastor Wendell Smith local faith based connection and I have visited his food pantry.

Stopped by and introduced myself to the Farmers market folks as well as the local tractor, Feed and Grain operation.

I am in contact with Andy Firk of Bamboo Groves in Arcadia, he has been and continues to be an expert in growing native and other large scale growing operations.

My Solar installer will be making a trip to Hardee Farms soon.
Still have to test soil and water and ordinances.
Waiting on MOU from Barbara Todd.
Waiting on possible funding prior to contacting the county.

2014-2015 Work Teams


Overarching Goal: To provide a collaborative framework for improving transportation issues surrounding food.

– Consider how people access food and develop strategies to remove barriers for those who do not currently have access.

– Consider how emergency food is transported and identify ways to improve the food distribution network. 

Objectives: Food Distribution (inventory of emergency good system)
– Existing food distribution network
– Potential analyses
– Opportunities for efficiencies 

Access for Food Insecure
– Food deserts
– Transit access
– Immobile populations

Questions to consider: Food Distribution 
How is emergency food distributed now? 
What resources are available?
What are the limiting factors to improved emergency food distribution?
What types of analyses would be useful to understand it (e.g., mapping food flow by pounds/meals from
warehouse to pantries)?
How can emergency food distribution be improved?

Food Access – Food Deserts:
Where are the food deserts, and who is affected?

How are food deserts currently being addressed?
How can food deserts be better mitigated?


Food Access: – Transit Access
What areas have transit access, and what areas do not?
How many people do not have adequate access to transit?
Where are the concentrations of food insecure people lacking transit access?
What are the best strategies to improve transit access?


Food Access: – Immobile Populations
Where are these populations? 
What are their barriers?
What are the current approaches and resources to ensure immobilized populations can get access to food?
How can our communities better reach immobile populations?

Healthy Living

Lauri Wright, Chair
Work Team Members:
Mark Trujillo
Mary Keith
Caitlyn Peacock


Researching causes of hunger and food insufficiency in the Tampa Bay area.
Determining services most needed by our citizens facing food insufficiency.
Project Description
Research causes of hunger and food insufficiency in the Tampa Bay area.
Determine services most needed by our citizens facing food insufficiency.
Research best practices from around the nation having success addressing hunger and food insufficiency. Work
with agencies and organizations who serve people facing hunger in implementing new and innovative strategies.
Goals for 2014
Goal 1:
Conduct consumer surveys to determine types of services most needed by the people we serve.  Surveys to be
conducted at selected food pantries/food banks and soup kitchens.
Goal 2: Research best practices from around the country and work with agencies to implement.
Work Group Members
Scott Bedosian/Christine Long – Metropolitan Ministries
Jerry Coleman – Religious Community Services Inc.
Michael Herrara – Shepherd Center of Tarpon Springs
Christine Miller – United Food bank of Plant City
Kara Moore – United Way Suncoast
Pat Rogers – Community Volunteer
Cliff Smith – City of St. Petersburg
Jane Walker – Daystar

2013 Work Teams

Community Gardens

Use seedlings and compost to roll out “farms” throughout the bay area

Will Carey: Tampa Bay Harvest 

One Challenge: Access to fresh healthy food 

One Solution: Build a community garden

1. Research sustainable options 
2. Reach out to experts – Whitwam Organics
3. Inspect potential sites offered by Network Partners
4  Develop site proposals
5. Submits proposal for gardens
6. Funding provided by United Way
7. Garden construction begins

Use seedlings and compost to roll out “farms” throughout the bay area  

Community Garden Project Summary

Community Garden Agreement
Community Garden Budget

Distribution Network for Timely Movement of Product


Goal: Educate community on hunger
Goal: Education community on seasonal produce

Nan Jensen and Mary Keith

Goal: Educate community on hunger

Identify audience(s)
Determine key messages
Prioritize workgroup tasks

Goal: Education community on seasonal produce

Why you should eat it – Nutrition
How to buy and handle it
How to cook it – Recipes

Central Kitchen

Can Do – Year Round Supply of Shelf Stable Food

Year round sustainable supply of food, On-going monthly food drives, Adopt a food bank/pantry…

Cliff Smith: Pinellas Health & Human Services

– Year round sustainable supply of food
– On-going monthly food drives
– Employees donate 1 can/item of nonperishable food per month
– Adopt a food bank/pantry
– Designate “Can-Do” person to coordinate monthly food drives
– Set-up collection containers in high traffic area(s)
– Designate a day or week as “Can-Do” on company calendar
– Hold monthly promotions
– Complete registration form
– Select food bank/pantry you want to sponsor
– Make arrangements to deliver or have food picked up monthly

It’s that easy!

Coordinated Distribution of Data Portal

Database of information not available before to community
Creation of “Wikipedia” for those in need

Pat Rogers: Feeding America Tampa bay

Network has pooled food provision data

Database of information not available before to community
Creation of “Wikipedia” for those in need

Network is utilizing info to further target provision gaps for needy populations

Next Steps: 
Identify barriers to food access and implement solutions 
Develop portal for easy access and multiple communication use