Past Work Teams

Past Work Teams

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
Lori Nelson, Florida Dairy Council

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:

Garden 2 Go

Chair: Cliff Smith,  City of St. Petersburg, msuspartanman@msn.com

Members:
Gail Allen, Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services
Scarlett Amey-Wyns, Fresh Initiatives Supply Hub
Rosy Bailey, In Season Pro, Food Systems
Malory Foster, UF/IFAS
Caitlyn Peacock, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger
Mark Trujillo, UF/IFAS

The Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger has received a donation of Earthbox planters from the Earthbox Research Center in Ellenton Florida. We have also received a grant from the University of Florida IFAS Family Nutrition Program to construct other DIY Garden2Go boxes that function similarly to the Earthbox. The Earthbox planter and the DIY version are sub-irrigation watering systems ideal for growing vegetables and herbs in a small space.

Goals:

Select 7 initial sites which will distribute 41 boxes. Each recipient will receive a Garden2Go box that contains the soil, fertilizer, dolomite and plants of their choice. The recipients of the boxes have agreed to provide feedback on what work well, any problems they encountered, and suggestions for the next phase.

The sites chosen: Lealman and Asian Neighborhood Family Center, High Point Neighborhood Family Center, Meals on Wheels Tamp, St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Taste It-Neighborly Care Network, Good Samaritan Mission, Florida Hospital Carrolwood, Food as Medicine Program.

The Work Team has completed Phase I and is working on a comprehensive report on the project.  In Phase II, Garden2Go boxes will be distributed during October 2016 (sites are being finalized), and the team will look into the possibility of buying and refurbishing used boxes.  The goals for the project are to add gardeners; focus on healthy food access and nutrition; and enable the disabled, seniors, and disadvantaged persons to enjoy the benefits of gardening.

The team is wrapping up the 2015-2016 growing season. Initially, 47 Garden2Go boxes were distributed. Gulfcoast Jewish Family Services distributed an additional 30 boxes to their clients. The team will be completing a year-end report the end of May. They are making plans for next season and looking for grant funding to expand the program. Next meeting is scheduled for June 1, 2016 at 10:30 AM at Gulfcoast Jewish Family Services.

Have 3 sites fully distributed and gone through initial process, all in Pinellas: St Pete Free Clinic, Lealman neighborhood family center, and Hyde Point Neighborhood Family Center.  All are going pretty well.  Have been using text message communications between participants; don’t have a percentage right now but at least half are corresponding with us by text and despite language barriers, we have had people respond with pictures of their boxes.  Looking forward to doing refill for Hyde Point on 25th and St Pete Free Clinic on 29th.  Over in Tampa, seeing the initial boxes get distributed at Meals on Wheels this coming week.  Launching Meals on Wheels program which is a little different; take the box and plants to the client and plant them with the client, a little Gardening 101, with a Master Gardener going on the truck to give the lesson.  Will start with four boxes directly to the clients and then keep a box for the staff on-site.  That will launch next Wednesday.  Total participants by this summer will probably be around 70-100 people with Earthboxes, so that will give us a good sense to see that the pilot is over, what have we learned, draw some conclusions.  (Taste It team) Did 5 sites in Pinellas at senior congregant dining sites.  The boxes are being held at the sites and are cared for by a couple of individuals; did a nutrition lesson in Taste It around it and it’s going well.  Many of the seniors are interested in having a smaller version of the box where they can garden and we’ve been collecting that information.

Fed40

Chair: Cliff Smith, City of St. Petersburg

Members:
Vecelia Johnson, WellCare
Ace Padian, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger
Caitlyn Peacock, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger

Fed 40 is a revolutionary mobile app designed to disrupt hunger in America. The Fed 40 app is being called the food pantry of the future and has already distributed nearly 100,000 meals to children and families in need.  People looking for food assistance fill out some basic information through the app and Fed40 sends them 40 servings of tasty and nutritious meals at no cost to them.

Food Recovery

Chair: Whitney Fung, University of South Florida, whitneyfung@health.usf.edu

Members:
Scarlet Amey-Wyns, FISH
Jessica Doricent, BayCare
Ashley Giasone, The Ryan Wells Foundation
Sharon Hicks, Hillsborough Community College
Mark Trujillo, UF/IFAS

Recover excess food from restaurants, bakeries, and retail locations in the Tampa Bay Area by launching an app in partnership with Waste No Food to be used on smart phones, with corresponding website, to connect restaurants with local 501(c)(3) charities who can distribute the food to their clients.  The donor will be able to post a description of the excess food, including quantity and a pickup window.  The first recipient to claim the food will arrange for a driver trained in safe food handling practices to pick it up within that window.  If no recipient claims the food, research the possibility of enlisting farmers or compost facilities to use the excess food for animal feed or compost.

Numerous charities have signed up to be recipients in the Waste No Food Tampa Bay app program.  The team is now focusing on signing up restaurants, farms, and corner stores to be donors.  Sweetwater Organic Community Farm recently donated several hundred pounds of fresh produce, which was picked up by Meals on Wheels Tampa, in our biggest donation ever.

Following a successful pilot in Gulfport, the team is now focusing on signing up more charity recipients in both Pinellas and Hillsborough counties before signing up more donors, to ensure that every donation will be picked up.  They are finalizing brochures to distribute to potential donors and working on window decals for donors to post once they have signed up.

Met with the recipient agencies to begin the training process. HCC (Shirley Hamilton) is vetting the recipients to ensure they are properly trained in food handling, etc. The restaurants in Gulfport have been contacted. We met with the Mayor of Gulfport to explain the program and they are supporting the food recovery efforts.

Launch pilot with approximately 3 donors in downtown St. Petersburg.  Ensure that app is functioning efficiently and that there are enough qualifying charities to receive the excess food of further donors.

Further goals:

Recruit further donors and launch full version of app.