feeding Tampa Bay

According to Feeding Tampa Bay, over 700,000 people in the region are food insecure, which means they don’t have access to affordable, nutritious food.

Some believe that food sovereignty is the answer.

Food insecurity is a problem for many in the Tampa Bay area all year long.

While many see Thanksgiving and the holidays as a time to help others, Feeding Tampa Bay President and CEO Thomas Mantz says it's important to carry that spirit of service all 365 days of the year.

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Feeding Tampa Bay is changing the way it distributes food in Manatee County and will end its contract with The Food Bank of Manatee next month.

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The Agape Food Bank in Winter Haven shut its doors at the end of December.

But some charities believe the change may actually benefit those in need of food assistance in Polk County.

  It’s a problem that affects 700,000 people in the ten-county Tampa Bay area: food insecurity.

Thomas Mantz, the Executive Director of the group Feeding Tampa Bay says food insecurity is when people like you and me don’t have consistent access to food due to a lack of money or other resources.