Work Teams

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!

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.

Hunger at Home Work Team

Purpose/Mission Statement: The Hunger at Home Work Team is comprised of service providers from Pinellas County and the Greater Tampa Bay area that work to address hunger at home. Members from charities, non-profits, public and private sectors and the community are welcome to join and help us solve hunger in the home.

Goal(s): To end hunger at home by developing programs and strengthening existing initiatives. Specific goals: recruit volunteers; develop pilot for kids.

Activities: In 2019, TBNEH launched MOWSP pilot program, to serve 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 was developed and launched in partnership with Meals On Wheels of Tampa and Daystar Life Center.

Contact: To join this Work Team or learn more, please contact Caitlyn Peacock, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger and Work Team Chair, at Caitlyn.Peacock@NetworkToEndHunger.org.

Chair:

Caitlyn Peacock, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger

Members:

Ace Padian, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger

Chloe Kidd, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger

Lauren Vance, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger

SNAP Work Team

Purpose/Mission Statement: The SNAP Work Team is working with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on 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 Pinellas counties.

Goal(s): 1) Complete a comprehensive data analysis on the availability, affordability, and healthfulness of food in the SNAP retail environment, to include an interactive map. 2) Create a suggested action plan to mitigate areas with low affordability, accessibility, and healthfulness scores.

Activities: Surveying SNAP retailers in tri-county area, recruiting volunteers to help survey, analyze data, complete write up to submit for publication and presentation. Recently completed all surveys in Pinellas County.

Contact: To join this Work Team or learn more, please contact Lauren Vance, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger and Work Team Chair at Lauren.Vance@NetworkToEndHunger.org.

Next Work Team meeting: This Work Team usually meets weekly on the telephone/Webx.

Chair: Lauren Vance, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger

Members:

Ace Padian, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger

Kathryn Kelley, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Chloe Kidd, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger

Caitlyn Peacock, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger

Lauri Wright, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Creating a Regenerative Community Food System Work Team

Purpose/Mission Statement: 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. In order to prevent and divert wasted food from its associated impacts, multiple components of this Work Team will address aspects of the food system including the different layers of the Food Recovery Hierarchy, recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Goal(s): The goal of this Work Team is to work together to establish connections participants in our local food system. We aim to divert food surplus from the waste stream by facilitating edible food recovery and food scrap donation for composting which will help to grow more food locally. More locally grown food will supply more healthy food to more people, with a goal to bring the surplus food to our local charities.  The Work Team hopes to inspire community members to manage their food in a more sustainable way.  Specific goals are: Continue to grow the number of participants in WNF on the charity, business, and compost levels; Work with local gardens (community and private) to offer food surplus from their harvests in the WNF app; Work with local markets to offer food surplus from their stands/stores in the WNF app; Develop a system to offer finished compost to our target population (lower income families) so that they may grow food at home; Secure funding

Activities: Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger (TBNEH) developed and launched “Creating a Regenerative Community Food System” pilot program in 2019 to help divert food surplus from the waste stream in Pinellas County, in partnership with Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg.

Contact: To join this Work Team or learn more, please contact Amanda Streets, Pinellas Community Compost and Work Team Chair at Amanda@PinellasCommunityCompost.com.

Chair: Amanda Streets, Pinellas Community Composting Alliance, CompostingAlliance@gmail.com

Members:

Ace Padian, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger

Chloe Kidd, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger

Caitlyn Peacock, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger

Lauren Vance, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger

Pasco Work Team

Purpose/Mission Statement: The Pasco Work Team is a collaborative group that focuses on hunger initiatives specific to Pasco County. Members include people working for non-profit and for-profit businesses/agencies and interested citizens with no formal affiliations. Some of members attend monthly and others participate as their schedules allow. The monthly Pasco Work Team meetings are a platform for community engagement, often hosting speakers and presentations from community partners. Meetings also provide an update on TBNEH specific projects and events. These gatherings are a great resource and support for partner organizations, agencies, and businesses to come together and build capacity while finding solutions to community issues and initiatives surrounding hunger.

Goal(s): To end hunger in Pasco County by bringing people together to find solutions that eliminate barriers, increase access and knowledge, and expand the amount of nutritious food available.

Activities: Our current activities include brainstorming/researching new projects and trying to build our work team member numbers and member participation. Our past projects include advocating for and increasing awareness and participation in the Pasco Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Weekend Feeding Initiatives through One Community Now and Thomas Promise.

Contact: To join this Work Team or learn more, please contact Patty Jackson, BayCare and Work Team Chair, at patricia.jackson@baycare.org or (727) 466-7713.

Next Work Team meeting: Thursday February 20, location TBD. This Work Team usually meets on the third Thursday of each month.

Chair: Patty Jackson, BayCare, patricia.jackson@baycare.org

Members:

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: https://lsc-pagepro.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?i=564964&ver=html5#{%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 www.onecommunitynow.org  and www.thethomaspromise.org 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

https://www.pascocountyfl.net/2304/Food-Policy-Advisory-Council

Purpose:
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.

Membership:
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.

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

Meetings:
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

Purpose/Mission Statement: The Advocacy and Education Work Team is a dynamic and passionate group of members who are interested in advocacy and policy topics related to the food system.
Activities: Last year, this Work Team secured and attended meetings at both Florida State Senator’s offices to discuss food policy issues.

Contact: To join this Work Team or learn more, contact Arianne Corbett, Leading Health, LLC. and Work Team Chair, at arianne@leadinghealth.com.

Chair: Arianne Corbett, Leading Health, LLC.,  arianne@leadinghealth.com

Members:
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

Purpose/Mission Statement: The Pinellas Disaster Hunger Task Force is comprised of service providers from Pinellas County and the Greater Tampa Bay area. Members from charities, non-profits, public and private sectors and the community are welcome to join the Task Force and aid the Tampa Bay area in hunger related disaster preparedness.

Goal(s): To streamline the logistics of gathering food and necessities in case of a natural disaster located in the Tampa Bay area

Contact: To join this Work Team or learn more, please contact Caitlyn Peacock, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger and Work Team Chair at Caitlyn.Peacock@NetworkToEndHunger.org.

Chair: Caitlyn Peacock, Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger, Caitlyn.Peacock@NetworkToEndHunger.org

Members:

Karen Bird Red Cross
Tim Burns Pinellas County
Kevin Chinault Salvation Army
Jessica Geib Pinellas County Human Services
Lynn Geist Pinellas County Schools
Season Groves Pinellas County
Regina Hagger Pinellas County
Caleb Jones Pinellas County
Chloe Kidd TBNEH
Caitlyn Peacock TBNEH
Stephanie Reed Pinellas County
Mecca Serfustini Pinellas County
Melvin Thomas RCS Food Bank
Jane Walker Daystar Life Center
Jennifer Wright Pinellas County