One of the hardest jobs in life is being a mom, but it is truly the most rewarding. As a mom of two, I try and teach my children about helping those in need and they both had a wonderful experience this past weekend at Feeding American Tampa Bay.
Fellow blogger and friend, Megan Wood, (I Run For Wine) invited me to come and volunteer with her company, North Highland Worldwide Consulting, this past weekend at Feeding American Tampa Bay. In 2012, her company, North Highland, initiated a global Day of Giving Back, where each of their offices throughout the world got together on the same day to donate their time and give back to the cities they live in. They did it again this year and I was thrilled to be a part of this special day. Some of my other favorite bloggers joined us as well, Leslie (Dash of Les) and Lauren (Tampa Uncorked). I brought my children along and they helped us sort food and other items that were donated at the warehouse. This was my first time visiting Feeding America Tampa Bay and I learned so much about this wonderful organization.
As we arrived at the facility, I was blown away by the massive quantities of donated items. Our job for the day was to go through boxes of donated goods and to toss things out that were not suitable for giving. We then sorted all items to be donated into different categories and organized them by category into boxes. My children learned about expiration dates and we had a blast. They now have a better understanding of helping people in need.
Did you know that across the country, one in six people struggles with hunger? That’s 50 million Americans! Of the 509,000 people in West Central Florida who are unsure where their next meal will come from, Feeding America Tampa Bay provided food last year to more than 400,000 people. Their ten county service area in West Central Florida includes Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Pasco, Hernado, Citrus, Sumter, Highlands, Hardee and Manatee counties. Feeding America Tampa Bay is a resource to 600 approved charities that run some type of feeding program. These include soup kitchens, food pantries, emergency shelters, and Kids Cafe sites.
If you are looking to donate some of your time, it is easy to volunteer at Feeding America Tampa Bay! They welcome individuals, churches, schools, corporations and other groups to participate in numerous volunteer opportunities. Feeding America Tampa Bay can help you to make a meaningful impact in the lives of thousands of people. For more information and to begin the volunteer process, click here.
I had such a wonderful time with everyone and learned so much. Thank you Megan and North Highlands for inviting me to be a part of this special day.
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