TAMPA BAY, Florida – During the pandemic, many saw our community come together in a variety of ways and on Friday, University of South Florida Army ROTC Program is giving back to the Tampa Bay area with an exclusive gastronomic campaign.
What do you need to know
- ROTC will run a 4-mile run with food in their backpacks
- Tampa Bay food helps families with “food insecurity”
- The number of families in this situation grew during the pandemic
The ROTC is making a 4-mile ruck – which is basically a 4-mile hike or running with a heavy backpack – and your backpacks will be full of food to donate to Feeding Tampa Bay.
“What our families are going through is not easy, and what our cadets are trying to tell us all is that they are trying to make things not easy too, so that the work they do, the creation of food, is a sacrifice and for all of us issues of sacrificial giving. Whether you’re writing a check, or donating your time, or running through the USF with a backpack on your back in the heat of Tampa Bay, making sure to find food for your neighbors and raise awareness, ”said Thomas Mantz, President and CEO from Tampa Bay Feeding.
Mantz said there was a huge increase in the number of families considered “in a situation of food insecurity” because of COVID.
He said that before the pandemic, there were about 625,000 families considered to be food insecure, and now there are close to 1 million.
If you would like to make a donation, volunteer, or need help with feeding your family, contact Feeding Tampa Bay.