TBNEH engages diverse organizations and individuals to help find solutions to end hunger in Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties.

Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger is committed to ending 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. Over 350 members—corporations, non-profits, faith-based organizations, universities, foundations, and individuals- belong to this coalition and are located across Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties. While driving factors may vary among membership, there is a shared conviction that addressing hunger is essential. Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency and relies on its community for support.

MISSION

Since 2010, the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger has been committed to the mission of ending 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.

VISION

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

HISTORY

The Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger (TBNEH) is the first network of its kind in the state of Florida. TBNEH was founded in 2011 by ten leaders from various direct service organizations, businesses, and community circles who wanted to work collaboratively to help solve hunger in Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties.

TBNEH founding members include: Vicki Adelson, Department of Health Hillsborough; Will Carey, Tampa Bay Harvest; Jane Egbert, St. Pete Free Clinic; MaryKate Harrison, Hillsborough County Schools Food and Nutrition; Michael Herrara, United Way Suncoast; Caitlin Higgins-Joy, RCS; Steve King, Meals on Wheels of Tampa; Christine Long, Metropolitan Ministries; Pat Rogers, Feeding Tampa Bay (formerly Feeding America Tampa Bay); and Jane Walker, Daystar Life Center.

Today, the Network includes over 350 members who come together to tackle hunger in its tri-county service area.  Founded on the mission to end hunger by bringing people together to find solutions, our members share experiences, knowledge, and the workload in tackling hunger in the Tampa Bay area.  We believe that working together, rather than separately, is smarter, more efficient, and more rewarding.  We don’t just identify solutions; we implement them together.

TBNEH created the first and only Hunger Gap Map in the state of Florida, which shows food supply and demand in the networks tri-county area. As a collective, the Network identifies and implements solutions to hunger. Some of its programs include: Waste No Food Tampa Bay which utilizes an app that connects restaurants with local 501(c)(3) charities who distribute excess food to their clients and food scraps to composters or farmers, ensuring kids who rely on school meals during the school year also have meals when schools are closed through Meals On Wheels for Kids, and Meals On Wheels St. Petersburg which delivers lunchtime meals to senior and homebound adults..

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