Feed the Bay to stock food pantries on Sunday
This year, the throngs of people piling out of church to help “Feed the Bay” will get a boost from some local businesses.
Advanced Auto Parts, Progressive Insurance and Walgreens are participating in the one-day effort to restock local food pantry shelves.
Walgreens is graduating from being a drop-off only location to stocking shelves with the entire Feed the Bay grocery list. Advanced has initiated a competition to see which store can collect the most food by Sunday and Progressive challenged its employees to host their own week-long food drive.
About 40 area churches will clear out their pews on Sunday as their members take up the challenge of shopping for the hungry. This is the eighth year for the event, started by Bay Life Church in Brandon.
To date, Feed the Bay has collected more than 1 million pounds of food and toiletries for the less fortunate, which is distributed to numerous food banks throughout eastern Hillsborough County.
Food collection trucks will be located at participating Sweet Bay and Publix supermarkets from Plant City to Apollo Beach between 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The food will go directly from the stores to the food pantry locations, which include Brandon's Emergency Care Help Organization.
“We've expanded a whole lot into Plant City and Dover this year and some of the new churches are from the other side of Tampa,” said Debbie Weismann of Bell Shoals Baptist and one of the primary organizers of the food drive. “The word is spreading about how wonderful this is.”
To learn more and see the grocery list, visit www.feedthebay.org.