Out of work? Here’s how to get help with meals during the coronavirus crisis

Feeding Tampa Bay
Locations are open for student meals as well as programs to stock the home pantry.

Several locations throughout the Tampa Bay region are open this week through the Summer Breakspot meal program for kids and teens 18 and under to receive free to-go meals.

Several other programs are also available to ensure families in need have access to nutritious meals. With so many people out of work due to coronavirus-related closures and cutbacks, resources are tight, but available to help those in need.

Seven locations are open in Hillsborough County at various times to reach as many families in need as possible. The locations will provide a lunch for the day and a prepackaged breakfast for the following day.

Those sites include.

— Town N’ Country Boys & Girls Club | 10-11 a.m.
6039 Hanley Rd, Tampa, FL 33634

— Dover Boys & Girls Club | 10-11 a.m.
2820 Gallagher Rd, Dover, FL 33527

— Feeding Tampa Bay | 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
4702 Transport Drive bldg 6 Tampa FL 33605

— Carey Family of Brandon Boys & Girls Club | 12-1 p.m.
510 E Sadie St, Brandon, FL 33510

— Vinik Boys & Girls Club | 2-3 p.m.
7605 Destin Dr, Tampa, FL 33619

— Trinity Cafe, Busch Blvd | 4-5 p.m.
2202 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612

— Trinity Cafe, Nebraska Ave | 4-5 p.m.
2801 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL 33602

Six locations are open in Pinellas County including:

— Clearwater YMCA | 10-11 a.m.
1005 S Highland Ave, Clearwater, FL 33756

— Pinellas Pal | 12-1 p.m.
3755 46th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33714

— Largo Medical Center | 12-1 p.m.
1551 West Bay Drive, Largo, FL 33770

— Oldsmar State Street Center | 12-1 p.m.
127 State Street West Oldsmar, FL 34677

— Healthy St. Pete | 12-1:30 p.m.
2333 34th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711

— Ridgecrest YMCA | 2-3 p.m.
1801 119th St N, Largo, FL 33778

In Pasco County, kids can receive meals at the Lacoochee Boys and Girls Club from 10-11 a.m. located at 38724 Mudcat Grant Blvd, Lacoochee, FL 33537.

Two locations are open in Sumter County including:

— Wildwood UMC | 12-1 p.m.
300 Mason St, Wildwood, FL 34785

— First Baptist of Bushnell | 2-3 p.m.
125 W Anderson Ave, Bushnell, FL 33513

The two Trinity Cafe locations in Tampa, which usually serve hot meals in a restaurant-like atmosphere, are closed to dine-in, but will serve hot to-go meals daily.

Feeding Tampa Bay also is operating its mobile pantry program providing prepackaged boxes of fresh produce, meat, bread and shelf-stable items directly to neighborhoods.

That service does not have any scheduled stops Monday, but will be available, supply permitting, at the Dover Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday, United Food Bank of Plant City on Wednesday, Lowes Zephyrhills on Thursday and The Way at Inwood, and First Baptist Church on Saturday.

Supplies are in higher demand than usual so location drops are subject to change on short notice. Individuals should check the Feeding Tampa Bay schedule here the day of to ensure the drops are still ago.

Individuals can also make an appointment to receive a food package from the Feeding Tampa Bay on-site food pantry, a mini-market type store sponsored by Publix, located at 4702 Transport Drive, Building 6 in Tampa. Appointments can be made by calling 813-254-1190.

The market is usually open similarly to a grocery store, but because of social distancing requirements is closed. Those with appointments will instead be able to pick up prepackaged boxes with a variety of food supplies including produce, meat, bread and shelf-stable items.

Feeding Tampa Bay’s assistance meetings for the Supplementation Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are canceled at this time, as have the group’s mobile market routes.

Last updated on March 23, 2020

Janelle Irwin Taylor

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at [email protected]


One comment

  • Sherri Forsyth Madjerich

    March 24, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    If there was ever a time to release emergency food stamps dsnap would b now….why are they doing this to people pantries dont have anything not enough schools open to feed fraction ofcour children..their going to cause people to get food however possible..its a pandemic come on this is crazy..im a widow with 3 children and have recieved dsnap if a hurricain might b coming..so this makes no sesnce

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