Opportunities to volunteer with the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger are described below. Please call 813-344-5837 for more information or click the orange button to create a volunteer account and submit a volunteer application.
Meals On Wheels for Kids (MOW4Kids) Holiday Program ( Special Thanksgiving and Christmas Deliveries)
Opportunities available to deliver food and toys to transportation disadvantaged families with children for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Volunteers needed to help deliver by driving their own vehicle on November 17 and December 16 in Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties.
Meals On Wheels for Kids, a Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger program, will provide two special holiday deliveries of food and toys this year for all transportation disadvantaged families with children, in partnership with Metropolitan Ministries. Deliveries will include a full holiday meal at Thanksgiving and again at Christmas, along with toys for children. Deliveries will take place between 10:00AM-2:00PM on Tuesday, November 17 (Thanksgiving delivery of meal ingredients) and Wednesday, December 16 (Holiday delivery of meal ingredients and toys for children) in all three counties. Over 300 volunteers are needed to help deliver Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to families in the tri-county area.
Meals On Wheels for Kids (MOW4Kids)
Opportunities available when school is closed due to emergency and holiday closings. Volunteers currently needed to help pack meals on Tuesdays and Saturdays and for deliveries on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Help us changes lives, by delivering one meal at a time. Volunteers are essential in providing care and compassion to kids in need of nutrition assistance. As a volunteer, you can: help kids receive a nutritious meal in their home when school is closed, brighten the days of those you deliver to, and work directly with your community by making a difference!
We rely on 125 volunteers each week to assist with packing and delivering nutritious lunches to our younger neighbors and their families. With the help of compassionate and dedicated volunteers, we are able to serve many more children in need of meal assistance in Dade City (Pasco County), St. Petersburg (Pinellas County) Tampa and Wimauma (Hillsborough County) when school is closed (ie. emergency closings, holiday breaks, etc.). Volunteer drivers are greatly needed to assist with packing and delivering meals on M-SAT between 10:00am-2:00pm. A route takes about an hour to complete. All volunteers must have a valid drivers license and pass a background check. Volunteers with level 2 background checks due to their profession as a teacher, school bus driver, etc. are encouraged to apply to help deliver food!
Meals On Wheels St. Petersburg (MOWSP)
Opportunities available all year round. Volunteers currently needed for Monday and Wednesday deliveries.
Help us changes lives, by delivering one meal at a time. Volunteers are essential in providing care and compassion to seniors and homebound in need of nutrition assistance. As a volunteer, you can: help seniors maintain an independent lifestyle, brighten the days of isolated and lonely seniors, develop friendships with seniors and other kindhearted volunteers, and work directly with your community by making a difference!
We rely on 20 volunteers each week to assist with delivering a hot, nutritious lunch to our homebound and senior neighbors. With the help of compassionate and dedicated volunteers, are able to serve many more seniors in need of meal assistance in St. Petersburg. Volunteer drivers are greatly needed to assist with delivering meals M, W, F between 10:00am-2:00pm. A route takes about an hour to complete. All volunteers must have a valid drivers license and pass a background check.
COVID-19 as of 7/13/20: Deliveries will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays.
To address loneliness and isolation, we are encouraging the MOWSP recipients to sign up for a new program called TelePals! As a volunteer with TelePals, you can sign up to offer social connection checks to help elders preserve mental/physical health & age in place during COVID-19 & beyond.
TelePals, a Seniors in Service program, serves Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco elders at no charge to them. Volunteers ask considerate questions, communicate cheerfully about interests, check on client’s well-being, refer concerns to expert resources. All volunteers are screened & receive online trainings on Client confidentiality, Call logs, Do’s and Don’ts, COVID-19 Updates, Community Resources, Recognizing Health Problems, Elder Abuse. Visit https://seniorsinservice.org/telepals to learn more.
Adopt-A-Route (AAR) Program
The Adopt-A-Route (AAR) program provides an excellent way for companies, civic and faith-based organizations to engage in community service. Through a partnership with Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger, groups offer their employees or member volunteers time to deliver mid-day meals for the Meals On Wheels for Kids and/or Meals On Wheels St. Petersburg programs.
Meals on Wheels is currently experiencing unprecedented growth due to COVID-19 and we are scrambling to find volunteer drivers to fill the need. With that in mind, we are initiating an “Adopt-a-Route” program which we hope will ease the situation and might appeal to your organization or business. For your organization, this would provide an important link to the community, and a way of building connections and goodwill, as well as an opportunity to make a real difference in your neighbor’s lives.
By sponsoring teams of employees as Adopt-A-Route volunteer drivers, you can make a huge difference in a critical area of need in your community! Your company will become a valuable partner in addressing childhood and senior hunger.
- Designate an AAR leader to coordinate scheduling. We will work with teams to choose a route, pick up site closest to their location, day (Monday-Friday) and frequency (once a week, once every other week or once a month) to deliver.
- Engage teams of two for each day your team delivers.
- Set up an orientation session. A MOW rep will provide one via Zoom.
- Begin to deliver!
Don’t have the capacity to commit to delivering a route? Let us customize a volunteer experience for your team! Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community, encourages team work, and can be a great way of improving communications across departments and between employees and supervisors. Let us know how we can customize a volunteer experience that will fit the needs, goals, and schedule of your team.
Get started by completing the form below and by filling out a Volunteer Application today! If you are interested in becoming a Meals On Wheels Adopt-A-Route partner, please complete the AAR form or call (813) 344-5837.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Retail Environment Research
Opportunities currently not available due to COVID-19.
Survey grocery, convenience, and pharmacy stores in the Bay area that accept SNAP benefits. We have partnered with the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to complete an extensive research study looking at the affordability, variety, and quality of SNAP approved foods at local retailers in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas Counties. Volunteers must use their own vehicle and gas to reach the stores, though compensation in the form of gas gift cards may be available. Volunteers will be provided a tablet to use to input the data.