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Stick A Fork In It
48 minutes | 7 days ago
Making Big Changes with Big E
Tampa experienced another first this year with Wrestlemania 37 being hosted at Raymond James Stadium! And much to our surprise, superstar wrestler Big E made a grand entrance wearing a custom-made outfit covered in Feeding Tampa Bay logos. On this episode we get to find out what motivated Big E to sponsor us unprompted, and how he's using his influence to help us in other ways as well. Plus! Don't miss a very special guest joining us partway into the show (hint: he ALSO could chokeslam Matt through a table if he wanted to). See what Big E's FTB outfit looked like by following us on social media @FeedingTampaBay, and you could even have a chance to win it for yourself to take home (we promise it's been washed after the match)!
52 minutes | 23 days ago
The Ultimate Volunteer with Peter Masone
Few people understand the importance of showing up as well as players on a sports team. And Peter Masone, General Manager of the Tampa Bay Cannons, has been showing up every Saturday for over a year to help us feed his neighbors in Pinellas County. Tune in to learn how the Cannons moved to Tampa Bay, and adopted the community as their own in a time of great need. Then stick around to learn about more amazing opportunities to help out from our Feeding Pinellas Volunteer Supervisor, Antoine Everett! Our newest Trinity Cafe location in St. Petersburg will provide hot food, frozen meals, showers, laundry, and more to folks that are struggling -- and we can't do it without you! Visit FeedingTampaBay.org to see what volunteer opportunities are available, and follow us @FeedingTampaBay on social to see what we do on a daily basis!
42 minutes | a month ago
Centuries of Service with Matt Mitchell of the YMCA
YMCA's across the nation serve as community hubs where members can exercise, learn new skills, gather with fellow members of their faith, swim, dance, and more. And as CEO of the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA Matt Mitchell explains, the collective goal of the organization is to adapt to the needs of their individual communities. So when the pandemic began last year, and members were having difficulty finding child care and food, the YMCA stepped in to provide, at no small cost to themselves. Tune in to learn about all the ways your local "gym & swim" is really so much more than that. And to find out about more of our community partners and ways you can get involved, visit FeedingTampaBay.org and follow us on social media @FeedingTampaBay!
54 minutes | a month ago
Speaking the Language with Monica Wilson
It may come as a surprise to many that food banks exist in some of the more affluent areas around Tampa, let alone that residents actually visit it. But the Community Food Pantry in Carrollwood has been a life raft for hundreds of locals who have fallen on hard times, even before the pandemic. Their fearless director, Monica Wilson, joins us on the show to share how a single experience with her son drove her to take up the fight against hunger, and where that has lead her to today. Then join us for WTFB where our Director of Agency Relations, Catherine Godwin, explains where the heck all of this food comes from, and how a small team of drivers and volunteers get it where it's going. To learn more about what we do, and the partners who help us do it, visit FeedingTampaBay.org, and follow us on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn @FeedingTampaBay!
90 minutes | 2 months ago
Spirits and Sanitizer at the St. Pete Distillery
The Covid pandemic has created lots of unlikely allies, like a food bank and an alcohol distillery, for example. When the city's hand-sanitizer supply dried up, the savvy engineers at St. Pete distillery converted their vats to brew their own version and supply it for free to frontline workers and neighbors in need. We talk (bottle) service with Skip Ragan and Matt Armstrong, before tackling relief contributions from the NFL with former Buccaneer Michael Clayton and Angela Smith of the NFL Off the Field Players' Wives Association! View clips from our recording sessions on our Facebook and Instagram pages @FeedingTampaBay! And visit our website FeedingTampaBay.org/Podcasts to listen to other episodes of Stick A Fork In It.
58 minutes | 2 months ago
Making Men of Vision with Ross Anderson
For the past 16 years Ross Anderson has been raising the young men of Tampa Bay out of difficult circumstances and into leaders, thinkers, and achievers. His Men of Vision program has guided literally thousands of children deemed "problematic" by their schools to a place where they can actively choose what kind of successful future will suit them best. Tune in to learn how he has worked such incredible magic, and how the Men of Vision have been an invaluable resource to programs like our Trinity Cafe restaurants in North and Downtown Tampa. Our partnerships spread far and wide, and need just as much support as we do here at FTB -- so follow our social pages @FeedingTampaBay to see the names and smiling faces of the community heroes we work with every week!
78 minutes | 3 months ago
For the Love of Tampa Bay with Thaddeus Bullard (AKA Titus O'Neil)
A truly great man in both character and physical stature, local wrestling celebrity Thaddeus Bullard joins us on the show to talk hometown philanthropy. Not only has he established a groundbreaking adult learning center at Sligh Middle School in Seminole Heights, but he's partnering with Feeding Tampa Bay so that our FRESHforce culinary trainees can utilize the brand new, high quality kitchen inside! Tune in to learn how he grew from a destitute child into a symbol of strength and compassion for future generations. And on WTFB we're joined by FRESHforce leader Mike Perkins, who revels in the glory of the new facility, and what it means to the hopeful candidates that join our jobs training program. Check out the other huge names from around the Bay that we get to partner with! Follow our social media pages @FeedingTampaBay and visit our website at FeedingTampaBay.org.
34 minutes | 3 months ago
The Superbowl Special with Ashley Ehrman Wickham
We did it, Tampa! The Bucs are going to the Superbowl, and we're taking the opportunity to share some behind-the-scenes info about all of the phenomenal work the NFL is doing to feed struggling families in our community. Meet one of our Development Team all-stars, Ashley, who helps form partnerships like the one we have with the Bucs to make our mission possible. Learn more about our mission and our partnerships by visiting FeedingTampaBay.org, and following us on social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn @FeedingTampaBay!
52 minutes | 3 months ago
Homes and Hope with Mike Sutton
Through a new partnership with our local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, we're helping to give our neighbors two of the most basic needs on Earth - food and shelter. Our friend Mike Sutton, CEO of Habitat Pinellas & West Pasco, joins us to explain how he and his team are helping families break the poverty cycle, and invest energy and pride into their brand new homes. Tune in to celebrate with us, and learn how you can help feed and house deserving parents and children in your area. Follow us on social @feedingtampabay, and visit our website FeedingTampaBay.org, as well as our partner's website HabitatPWP.org!
96 minutes | 4 months ago
Humans of Feeding Tampa Bay (Part 3)
On this final (for now) episode of "Humans of the Food Bank" we learn all about our annual tradition of naming one employee as Food Banker of the Year. We speak with the previous title-holder from 2019, as well as the CO-winners of the title for 2020. Then on WTFB, our president and CEO explains how this tradition came to be, and what it means to be honored with the title. See the fruits of our staff's collective labor on our social media platforms @FeedingTampaBay, and by checking out our website www.FeedingTampaBay.org to find food or learn how you can help us feed the community! We know we're not alone in our passion for service, and every hand that adds some help brings us closer to our goal of a hunger-free Tampa Bay by 2025!
80 minutes | 4 months ago
Humans of Feeding Tampa Bay (Part 2)
The crew returns to share the stories of more of our incredible fellow food bankers -- from frontline warriors to behind the scenes miracle makers, the humans of FTB are inspirational, funny and kind. Tune in to meet more of our good friends, and as a treat, the mastermind behind the culture of our workplace that binds us all together behind a common cause -- Jayci Peters! Visit our website at FeedingTampaBay.org to learn about volunteer and career opportunities with our organization, and follow us on social media @FeedingTampaBay to see the work we're doing in your community every single day!
80 minutes | 5 months ago
Humans of Feeding Tampa Bay
A food banker can look like anyone, come from anywhere. But no matter the difference in their age, nationality, or job status, we are all connected by our intense drive to help our fellow human beings. In the first episode of this two-part series, we interview a handful of the incredible souls that share their talents with us on a daily basis, to push out TWO MILLION MEALS every single week! Learn what they do and why, how they found themselves providing life-saving nourishment to strangers, and why they want to keep doing it for as long as they're physically able. Visit our website at FeedingTampaBay.org to learn about volunteer and career opportunities with our organization, and follow us on social media @FeedingTampaBay to see the work we're doing in your community every single day!
66 minutes | 5 months ago
Substantial Storytelling with Colleen Chappell
Fighting through poverty, cancer, and the loss of a dear friend, Colleen Chappell (co-founder of the ChappellRoberts Branding & Advertising Agency) has maintained her fiery spirit, and worked her way to the upper tiers of the marketing food chain in both locally and nationally. On today's episode she shares with us her journey from first college graduate in her family, to the dizzying heights of the corporate world, to a humbly powerful collection of creatives headquartered in Ybor City. And on WTFB, meet our Community Engagement Manager, Andrea Kitchen, who's self-defined role is to "bring some sexy" to all of our marketing materials and community events! Be sure to follow @FeedingTampaBay on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to learn how you can get involved, and to hear about upcoming events Andrea is putting on for our partners, friends and families!
58 minutes | 6 months ago
Feeding Florida with Robin Safley
Feeding Tampa Bay is just one small part of a vast network of food banks feeding struggling American families. And we couldn't do it without the help of people like Robin Safley, Executive Director of Feeding Florida. On today's episode she compares her experiences in Iron Man triathlon competitions to the marathon that our country has experienced during the pandemic. But through it all, she maintains her trademark optimism:"We're not trying to house people on Mars ... we're trying to connect an asset that exists, with a person who needs it, when they need it, in the right proportion that they need it.Then stick around for WTFB with our own CEO, Thomas Mantz, as he explains the safety net our vast food bank network provides, how it works, and how it has been tested over the past 10 months.For more information and insight, follow @FeedingTampaBay on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn!
69 minutes | 6 months ago
Food Pharmacies with Darcy Klempner
Imagine if instead of shaming you for your diet, your doctor sent you home with bags of delicious, healthy food. Well that's the reality at Tampa Family Health Centers, where their team of holistic health specialists recognize the importance of a healthy diet, and also the barriers that keep people from maintaining one. Whether you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or a high BMI, Darcy Klempner and her team can help you manage and reduce your symptoms, while teaching you tips and tricks to manage your own health and wellbeing on a daily basis! And on today's WTFB, meet the unstoppable force behind our healthcare partnerships, Kelley Brickfield, and learn this New Englander came to Florida to lift our neighbors into a new life of nutrition and happiness.
57 minutes | 7 months ago
Happiness for Humans with Keri Higgins Bigelow
Keri is an entrepreneur with a heart of gold, who for the past 11 years has been helping companies around Tampa Bay create an environment that their employees can feel comfortable in and proud of. In this episode she explains the philosophy that guided her to her role as an uplifter of human morale, and the many methods she's learned along her journey. Then stay tuned for WTFB to learn how our own Chief Culture Officer, Jayci Peters, has introduced a "Grow Code" to Feeding Tampa Bay, to keep us grounded in our mission to make sure that no one in our 10-county area goes hungry on our watch! Learn more about Trinity Cafe by following our shared social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @FeedingTampaBay!
68 minutes | 7 months ago
Faith & Feeding with Jeff Darrey
Some people find a mission in life, and rather than waiting until everything falls into place, they start placing everything that's needed on their own. For years our guest and dear friend, Jeff Darrey, has been feeding a hot, healthy meal to people in our community without a single question as to why they might need it. And not long ago, his restaurant, Trinity Cafe, merged with Feeding Tampa Bay to combine our efforts and help our neighbors in ways we never before dreamed possible. And stay tuned for WTFB to hear about the future of fresh meal delivery, being cooked up by our own innovative staff and partners! Learn more about Trinity Cafe by following our shared social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @FeedingTampaBay!
49 minutes | 7 months ago
Season 2 Promo
As Summer becomes Fall, we're also moving into a new season on Stick A Fork In It! We're thrilled with the repertoire of exciting guests we've had on the show already, and looking forward to the insights and stories to come. If you missed any of our previous episodes, now is the perfect time to get caught up before a new lineup begins on Sunday, October 11th! And follow @FeedingTampaBay on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, or LinkedIn to catch up on all the other awesome things we're doing in the community as well!
49 minutes | 8 months ago
Healthy Helpings with Rick Bennett
We're so lucky to have amazing partners like Florida Blue, with wonderful folks like Rick Bennett who sit on our board. Rick joins us on this episode to discuss the ways that Florida Blue prioritizes the health of Floridians, by ensuring that they're not only well-fed, but fed the right foods to maintain their health. And our Chief Development Officer, Kelley Sims, joins us on "What The Food Bank?" to share the exciting details of our upcoming event, Epic Fork Fight! Visit our website FeedingTampaBay.Org to learn how you can tune in for a festive evening of food and fun this coming Thursday, September 17th! And follow @FeedingTampaBay on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, or LinkedIn to catch up on all the other awesome things we're doing in the community as well!
61 minutes | 8 months ago
Park, Walk and Talk with Chief Dan Slaughter
On this week's episode we welcome Chief Dan Slaughter of the Clearwater Police Department to the warehouse. We talk about all the ways that law enforcement helps us run our massive new "megapantries" as well as his department's "Park, Walk, and Talk" policy that helps them to better connect with the residents of their communities. Also, tune in to hear from our own Rhonda Gindlesperger, Chief Officer of Operations, and what it's been like delivering over 2 million meals into our communities EVERY SINGLE WEEK!And follow @FeedingTampaBay on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, or LinkedIn to catch up on all the other awesome things we're doing in the community as well!
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