Guest Post by Give & Grub
The Tampa Bay Lightning bring high-energy speed and skill to the arena whenever they play, and their level of motivation on the ice makes them a powerful force to be reckoned with. Outside of the arena, however, they’re applying that force toward a very different motivation—to win the fight against hunger in their community.
In partnership with Laser Spine Institute, the Tampa Bay Lightning – along with Feeding America Tampa Bay and Metropolitan Ministries – are on a mission to reduce food insecurity in the community through the Give & Grub food truck project. The truck travels across the greater Tampa Bay area selling its gourmet food with a mission: for every menu item sold, Laser Spine Institute will donate a meal to a hungry child in the area.
The statistics on hunger in the Tampa Bay community are staggering. Here are some of the facts:
- Over 16 percent of people in Tampa Bay live below poverty level
- An estimated 700,000 people in West Central Florida go hungry every day according to Feeding America Tampa Bay, and 250,000 of those people are children
- 37 percent of West Central Florida residents served by Feeding America Tampa Bay are children under 18 years of age
The collective goal of the Give & Grub food truck project is to give back 150,000 meals to those local children who need it most, and judging by the menu, it won’t be too hard.
Each delicious gourmet item crafted on its state-of-the-art truck is named after Lightning personnel and inspired by their most beloved foods. There’s the Hedman’s Steak Tacos, for example, named after Victor Hedman, and the Bishop Bowl, after goalie ‘Big Ben’ Bishop. The truck makes appearances at local events and during the lunch hour at regional office parks and at Tampa Bay Lightning games when the season kicks up again.
If eating good food for a great cause sounds like something you’d be interested in, join the Tampa Bay Lightning and Laser Spine Institute in their mission to ‘Stick it to Hunger,’ and visit the Give & Grub website to find out where the truck will be next.
Also, by sharing the hashtag #GiveAndGrub on your social media platform of choice, they’ll donate an additional meal to a family in need!