Work Teams


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 W. Kennedy, Suite 600, Tampa, Florida 33609.

The Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger Work Teams are led by both members and staff. Our members are asked to join a Work Team that alligns with their professional or personal goals. Work Teams are made up of TBNEH members, fellow community organizations, businesses and volunteers. The goal of our Work Teams is to work together, sharing knowledge and resources, in order to eliminate hunger and ensure everyone has equal access to healthy food.

Meals On Wheels St. Petersburg Work Team


Caitlyn Peacock, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger


Meals On Wheels St. Petersburg, a Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger program, serves seniors and 18+ homebound individuals (due to illness, injury or disability) with a hot meal delivered to their home, by a volunteer, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This program, which was developed in partnership with Meals On Wheels of Tampa and Daystar Life Center, relies on volunteers each week to deliver a hot, nutritious lunch time meals to St. Petersburg’s homebound and senior neighbors. With the help of compassionate and dedicated volunteers, we have the capacity to serve many more seniors in need of delivered meals. Help us recruit additional recipients, new volunteers, and increase our presence in the community.

  1. Recruit additional recipients;
  2. Recruit new volunteers;
  3. Increase MOWSP presence in the community.

January 2020: All are invited to join the newest TBNEH work team! The Meals On Wheels work team was created after the completion of the TBNEH pilot program Meals On Wheels St. Peteresburg. The goal of the team is to help recruit additional recipients, volunteers and increase the presence of the program in the community.

The MOSWP program relies on volunteers each week to deliver a hot, nutritious lunch to our homebound and senior neighbors. Volunteer drivers are greatly needed to assist with delivering meals M, W, F between 10am-2pm. A route takes about an hour to complete.  All volunteers must have a valid driver’s license and pass a background check.

To join the work team, volunteer or learn more, please contact Chloe Kidd, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger, at:

SNAP Work Team

Chair: Lauren Vance, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger


The Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger is working with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for part two of our research study to collect data on affordability, variety, and quality of SNAP approved foods at local retailers in Hillsborough, Pasco and Counties.

January 2020: We recently finished surveying 3 SNAP retail stores for every zip code in Pinellas County. Now we are processing the data and summarizing our findings. We will begin surveying Hillsborough and Pasco counties this month. We are currently seeking volunteers to help collect data at SNAP retailers. If you are interested in joining our work team, learning more or volunteering, please contact

  1. Assess the affordability, availability, and healthfulness of SNAP approved food items at local SNAP retailers in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

Creating a Regenerative Community Food System Work Team

The Creating a Regenerative Community Food System work team promotes collaboration among community members by reducing food waste in the waste management system while improving local communities.

Help our communities recover excess food from restaurants, bakeries, and retail locations in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties through the use of the smartphone Waste No Food app. Help us connect restaurants with local 501(c)(3) charities who can distribute the food to their clients.  We are also seeking restaurants that would like to collect their food scraps and donate to local farmers or compost facilities to use the excess food for animal feed or compost. The donor will be able to post a description of the excess food or food scraps, including quantity and a pickup window.  The first recipient to claim the food will arrange for their own pick-up within that window.

Chair: Amanda Streets, Pinellas Community Composting Alliance,


To help divert food surplus from the waste stream by facilitating edible food recovery for non-profits and food scrap donation for compost.

January 2020: All are invited to join the newest TBNEH work team! The CRCFS Work team is born from the TBNEH pilot program of the same name, merging with the Food Recovery Work team. The goal of the team is to help divert food surplus from the waste stream by facilitating edible food recovery and food scrap donation for compost creation.

The work team promotes collaboration among community members by reducing food waste in the waste management system while improving local communities.

To join the work team and learn more, Contact Work Team Chair, Amanda Streets, Pinellas Community Composting Alliance, at:

Pasco Work Team

Please join us for our monthly Pasco Work Team Meetings. We are a collaborative group working on hunger initiatives specific to Pasco County. You don’t have to live or work in Pasco to participate. Your perspective and experience are always welcome and encouraged. Our volunteer members include people working for non-profit and for-profit businesses/agencies and interested citizens with no formal affiliations. Some of our members attend monthly and others participate as their schedules allow.

Our meetings are scheduled the third Thursday of the month from 9am to 10:30am.

Our meeting location is the Pasco Schools District Office.

The address is 7227 Land O’ Lakes Blvd, Land O’ Lakes, FL 34638, Building 4, “Business Services Building”.

***Turn at the light onto Gator Lane and Building 4 is on your left. ***

When you arrive, check in with the receptionist to receive a visitor’s pass. The district employee hosting our meeting is Megan Sexton and the meeting will be in the Food and Nutrition conference room.

If you are unable to attend in person but would like to participate by phone, please call in to (813) 794-2777. No pin is required.

If you would like to be added to the Pasco work team distribution list or have any questions please e-mail Pasco work team chair Patty Jackson at or contact her by phone at (727) 466-7713.

Thank you!

Hope to see you there!!!

Chair: Patty Jackson, BayCare,


Shari Breslin UF/IFAS Family Nutrition Program
Lee Ann Carr Florida Luxury Realty
Patty Jackson BayCare’s Community Health Activation Team
Chloe Kidd Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger
Gladys Sanchez Migrant Education Program, Pasco County Schools
Megan Sexton Food and Nutrition Program, Pasco County Schools
Alyssa Smith Department of Health-Pasco
Patti Templeton One Community Now

Project Progress:

Summer Food Service Program Initiative

We help increase awareness and participation in the Pasco Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) in a variety of ways, including word of mouth, car magnets, social media, e-mails, flyers and poster displays. We also provide valuable feedback on promotional materials and lessons learned. By canvassing areas within a mile of each Summer Break Spot site, Pasco work team members connect with local businesses, churches, community organizations and parents. We learn the characteristics that make a particular site successful, as well as strategies for encouraging parents to allow their children to board summer meal buses or attend an open school site. Then most critically, we pass this vital information on to Megan Sexton, coordinator for Pasco SFSP, and her staff to help enhance the program.  Our success speaks volumes.

Below are 4 years of highlights from our Summer Food Service Program initiative:

  • Summer 2016 – An almost 500 meals per day increase over 2015 and the first year the Pasco program ever made a profit. The amount was $137,400, which was put back into the program. Pasco Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) received the Above and Beyond Award for excellence in expansion and innovation, largely in part to our work team and especially Megan Sexton, the Pasco Schools FNP coordinator.
  • Summer 2017 – Last year our goal was to increase mobile break spot site participation by 50 meals per day. Megan reported a 162 meal per day increase at the mobile sites, which was a 38.6% increase over 2016. In addition, walk-ins (children not affiliated with another program) increased from a couple of hundred in 2016 to close to 5000 in 2017. Pasco SFSP received the Summer Trailblazer award to recognize sponsors that utilize targeted approach methods to increase meals served within their sponsorship. Pasco SFSP also received the USDA National Best Practices Award for 2017, with Megan once again giving our work team much of the credit for the program’s success.
  • Summer 2018-Walk-ins (children not affiliated with another program) increased from a couple of hundred in 2016 to close to 5000 in 2017 and was close to 9,000 in 2018. Participation at last year’s targeted low attendance sites was up over 34% from 2017. There was a 30% increase in mobile site participation over 2017. Despite a significantly higher food cost this year, the Pasco SFSP still made a profit of $45, 270.32, which will be put back into the program. This year the SFSP initiated a social media expansion campaign and received over 36,000 likes on Facebook. Once again, our work team was given a significant amount of the credit for getting the word out and promoting the program in the community.
  • Summer 2019- There was an 866 meals per day (14% increase) over 2018. Over 235,000 meals were served with 5 less serving dates in 2019. Mobile Meals average daily participation increased by 257 meals per day or 30%.  28,000 meals were served on the buses; an additional 6000 meals served from vans. Social media reach more than quadrupled. The highly successful partnership between the Pasco School and Nutrition Program and the TBNEH Pasco work team was highlighted in the February 2019 issue of the School Nutrition Association magazine in an article titled: “Can We Weave a Hunger Safety Net? Aligning the missions and work of school nutrition and anti-hunger organizations in an effort to reduce food insecurity in America” By Arianne Corbett, RD, and Laura Hatch, MPH.  Our partnership is specifically mentioned under the section titled “A Brain Trust.” Here is a link to the electronic version:{%22issue_id%22:564964,%22page%22:18}

Weekend Feeding Program Initiative

Our work team determined it would be most helpful to identify and link leads (organizations/individuals who can adopt a school for at least a year) to Patti Templeton with One Community Now and to Diana Thomas with the Thomas Promise Foundation. Visit  and to learn more about their programs.  The highest need appears to be in West Pasco, particularly for students at the middle and high school level. We developed and are currently distributing a flyer to increase awareness and support for the two largest Weekend Feeding Programs in Pasco, One Community Now’s Pack- A- Sack Program and Thomas Promise Foundation’s Operation Backpack Program.

Other projects in the works:

  • Explore ways to increase participation in the Pasco Schools Breakfast program in collaboration with Arianne Corbett with Leading Health, Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign
  • Explore opportunities to reduce Senior Hunger in Pasco in partnership with Pasco County Senior Services and other community partners.

FYI: Did you know Pasco has a Food Policy Advisory Council?

Meetings are open to the community with opportunity for public comment

The Food Policy Advisory Council (“FPAC”) was established by the Board of County Commissioners on May 19, 2015 for the purpose of supporting an equitable, resilient, local food system in the County and to facilitate the review of responsible policies that improve the access to culturally appropriate, nutritionally sound and affordable food produced in the County.  It will   provide credible, well-conceived community food policy advice that can dramatically reduce instances of chronic disease and obesity, preserve agricultural lands, promote agricultural uses throughout the County, and assist in the development of new businesses in the food system sector.

The FPAC is composed of up to nine (9) members appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and be comprised of:

  1. A farmer residing and farming in Pasco County;
  2. A health care professional employed by the Pasco County Department of Health;
  3. A food/nutrition professional employed by the District School Board of Pasco;
  4. An academic professional specializing in cultural studies/ecology employed by a local university or higher education institution;
  5. A local representative from an established farmer’s market;
  6. An attorney practicing in Pasco County with experience in food systems;
  7. A representative from a not-for-profit organization within the food system sector operating in Pasco County; 8.  A professional employed by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food/Agriculture
  8. Science (“IFAS”) program working in Pasco County’s Cooperative Extension  Program; and
  9. A representative from a grocer/distributor industry.

Membership on the FPAC shall be for a term of two (2) years.

FPAC shall meet at a minimum quarterly or more frequently as agreed upon by a majority vote of the members.  A Pasco County Planning/Development staff member shall provide support based on his/her availability.

Advocacy & Education Work Team

Chair: Arianne Corbett, Leading Health, LLC.,

Mark Trujillo, UF/IFAS
Jan Baskin
Whitney Fung, University of South Florida
Lynn Geist
Mary Kate Harrison
Ericka McThenia, Community Volunteer
Allison Nguyen
Debra Prewitt, JWB
Ace Padian, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger
Caitlyn Peacock, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger
Eve Spengler, Bay Mulch Farms
Jennifer Webb

Pinellas Disaster Hunger Task Force Work Team

The Pinellas Disaster Hunger Task Force Work Team is comprised of service providers from Pinellas County and the Greater Tampa Bay area whose goal is to streamline the logistics of gathering food and necessities in case of a natural disaster located in the Tampa Bay area.

Chair: Caitlyn Peacock, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger,


January 2020: We are seeking new members, from the non-profit, public, private sectors as well as the community, to join the Task Force and aid the Tampa Bay area in hunger related disaster preparedness.

To join the work team, and learn more, please contact Caitlyn Peacock, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger, at: