The Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger engages diverse organizations and individuals to help find solutions to end hunger in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas Counties.
The 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.
The Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger is a coalition of over 350 members—corporations, non-profits, faith-based organizations, universities, foundations, and individuals- spread across a tri-county area- Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas. While driving factors may vary among membership, there is a shared conviction that addressing hunger is essential.
The Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency and relies on its community for support.
Since 2015, 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.
To build a hunger-free community with access to nutritious food for all.
The Network’s work is based upon six core values:
Foster collaboration Embrace change
Inspire hope Increase awareness
Promote health Create a lasting impact
Core Values Presentation Video
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 the Tampa Bay tri-county area — Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas.
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 work team projects include: DIY Garden2Go boxes that are ideal for growing vegetables and herbs in small spaces; healthy corner stores that provide access to nutritious foods in low-income communities; and an app that connects restaurants with local 501(c)(3) charities who distribute any excess foods to their clients, partnering with food banks to collect and recycle unusable food; and ensuring kids who rely on school meals during the school year also have meals during the summer.
Membership is open to all.