Staff-led Work Teams

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To find out more about the projects the teams are working on and to get involved, join us the 2nd Thursday of the month 9:30 a.m., United Way Suncoast Building, 5201 N. Kennedy, Suite 600, Tampa, Florida 33609.

Currently Working On…

Breakspot Pinellas Mobile Expansion

Ace Padian, Chair
ace.padian (at) networktoendhunger.org

Goals:

Working with Pinellas County School Food Services to identify sites for mobile food service trucks to provide food to school kids during the summer.  Goal: To reach kids who need summer food but cannot get to a stationary BreakSpot site.  Progress Notes: In summer 2016 we launched our pilot at three sites in south St. Petersburg.  We will continue those sites and expand to two to five others, targeting community garden sites in particular, in summer 2017.

55,000 children in Pinellas County receive free and reduced lunch during the school year.  But during the summertime, less than 20% of them participate in the related summer feeding programs, primarily because they do not have safe transportation to the summer food sites.

To address this problem, the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger is launching a pilot program to expand summer feeding spots to areas where kids actually hang out and can safely get to during the summer months.  Working with Mamie Jackson of the United Way, who runs the Walking School Bus program at Campbell Park Elementary in St. Petersburg and is intimately familiar with where neighborhood children live and play, the Network has identified three places where kids in the Campbell Park area can easily and safely go during the summer months to get lunch at a mobile feeding site.  The mobile SFSP service provides a hot lunch that includes an entrée, milk, juice, and fresh fruit, and they also have activity sheets to keep the children engaged.  They will serve any child 18 and under and have tents to shelter the kids in case of rain.

The three new sites will be:

  • Citrus Grove Apartments, 731 15th Street South, St. Petersburg
  • Silver Lake Park, 11th Avenue South between 13th and 14th Streets South, St. Petersburg
  • Area in front of Bartlett Park Community Garden, 1443 Highland Street South, St. Petersburg (off Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. S. and between 14th and 15th Avenues South)

We plan to study these sites and determine how to scale the pilot to expand to other sites in the coming summers so that we can get as many children fed as possible during the summer.

Summer Feeding Site at All Children’s in St. Pete Pilot

Caitlyn Peacock, Chair
caitlyn.peacock (at) networktoendhunger.org

Kellie Gilmore, All Childrens’s Hospital
Lynn Geist, Food Nutrition Services, Pinellas County Schools

Goals:

To expand SFSP aka BreakSpot by increasing sites at atypical locations, including hospitals.

Mission: To help end Childhood Summer-time hunger by increasing SFSP aka BreakSpot sites.

Objective: Create one new SFSP aka BreakSpot site at a Tampa Bay Hospital for Summer 2017.

Caitlyn set up a phone call with DACS and All Children’s to discuss how other hospitals in different parts of the country have implemented SFSP at their site. The next steps were to do a hospital site visit and look to see what would make the most sense as far as where the meal would be served and how people would be screened (as only children under 18 are eligible). After the site visit, All Children’s took the idea to Senior Leadership and is waiting on a go ahead to begin paperwork to implement program. The goal is to give a voucher to all children that are at the hospital and they would be able to redeem the voucher for a free meal during the lunch time at the cafeteria. We are working to see if the current POS program the hospital uses can work in the voucher as a means of payment to keep track of meals served.

Next Steps: To get Senior Leadership Approval from hospital then finalize logistics before March 31, 2017.

Food Pantry at HS in Pasco

Chair: Caitlyn Peacock

Members:
Patti Templeton, One Community Now
Kellie Gilmore, All Children’s HospitalAnclote High School Staff

Mission: Create programs aimed to help older children/teens who are food insecure.

Goal: Develop a working school pantry model that runs like a store where the students do not feel stigmatized for taking free food to help bridge the food gap over the weekend.

Objective: Implement one school store food pantry in Tampa Bay before June 2017.

Update: All of the partners met up at the high school to discuss the possibility of implementing a school pantry at Anclote High School where FRE % is near 75%. Everyone at the high school was supportive of the program and the idea is to identify a space at the high school where a pantry can be set up like a mini grocery store and have the kids from the special learning class help run the program to teach them valuable skills to help them find work after high school.

Next Steps: identify a location within the school that is easy for everyone to access at least during part of the day. Figure out if we are going to create a voucher program where each kid gets a few tickets that can be redeemed for food items from the pantry. Kellie, All Children’s, is going to provide a nutritionist to create a meal sample using items from the pantry to encourage the kids to pick the heathier options from the pantry. Caitlyn, TBNEH, is going to reach out to Volunteer Way and other Food Banks to see who may be interested in partnering with us to supply the pantry.

The Goal is to get the pantry going for the trial run by March 31, 2017.

Alternate Breakfast Expansion

Chair: Caitlyn Peacock

Members:
Ace Padian, TBNTEH
Lynn Geist, Food Nutrition Services, Pinellas County SchoolsJudith Warren, Juvenile Welfare Board
Lori Matway, Associate Superintendent, Pinellas County Schools
Judith Warren, JWB

Mission: to help end childhood hunger by increasing breakfast availability to all children in Pinellas County.

Goal: to increase breakfast participation by implementing the alternate breakfast models in public schools.

Objective: implement alternate breakfast models in 4 schools during the 2016-2017 School Year.

Project Description: Using proven alternate breakfast models to increase breakfast participation for students on free and reduced lunches.  Goal: to get breakfast participation to 70% of lunch participation for all participating schools.  Progress notes: TBNEH was able to secure funding for 4 breakfast carts. These carts will be purchased through the FNS Pinellas County Schools and the program will begin during Spring of 2017.

The alternative breakfast models help increase breakfast participation so students are able to eat before starting their school day, which in turn helps them learn. The three alternative breakfast models are (1) breakfast to go; (2) breakfast in the classroom; and (3) the second chance breakfast.

The TBNEH partnership with the Juvenile Welfare Board, Pinellas County Schools, and Food Nutrition Services is aiming to increase breakfast participation to 70 percent in the Pinellas County schools that pilot the program.

Here is the breakfast video below that we are going to share with Principals to help engage them in our efforts: