First Pantry Part of Tackling Hunger Fueled by Mosaic Program Opens
The Mosaic Company and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tackling Hunger fueled by Mosaic program are proud to announce that the first pantry, operated by Feeding Tampa Bay, has opened at Broward Elementary School in Seminole Heights, in Tampa, Florida.
“When we think about hungry children, we need organizations that can really step into a problem like childhood hunger in a meaningful and significant way,” said Thomas Mantz, Feeding Tampa Bay President and CEO. “The Buccaneers are a terrific organization that has done much to make sure that our community is thriving. Partnering with Mosaic, whose primary focus is to make sure we have the food we need around the world, I don’t think you could find two better resources to help us lift the issue of childhood hunger in our community.”
One in four children in Tampa Bay are food insecure – a number that is even higher in certain areas throughout the region. Broward Elementary is classified as a Title I School, where more than 90% of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. The school serves approximately 300 families in the area. The pantry will help children and their families have access to a variety of foods, including perishable and non-perishable options.
“This is truly a community-minded partnership, and we believe that strengthening this region starts with our youth,” said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford. “Through this collaboration with our partners at Mosaic, we are committed to providing Feeding Tampa Bay with the resources and support for the children most in need. Launching this program at Broward Elementary will uplift the students and have an immediate and long-lasting impact on food security for families in the area.”