End 68 Hours of Hunger

Join us as we feed hungry children in Tampa schools with food and volunteers from our community. Hyde Park Presbyterian on Swann Ave. serves as the pantry headquarters for the Tampa chapter of End 68 Hours of Hunger. The organization, established in 2011, uses all volunteers and donations to provide weekend meals to food insecure children. Right now, we are feeding more than  140 children/week, includingchildren in“affluent” areas of Tampa where hunger hides in places one wouldn’t expect.

Food is packed weekly by volunteers at the HPPC pantry. Volunteers deliver food to Plant High, Monroe and Coleman Middle Schools, as well as Grady, Lanier, and Chiaramonte Elementary Schools. During the past year, several businesses–the County Clerk’s office, Tampa General Hospital, First Presbyterian Church and the law firms of Quarles & Brady, Hill Ward Henderson, Burr & Forman and Thomas & LoCicero — have stepped up to help the program with donations and meal packers. Charity Chics also supports End 68 as one of its designated Tampa charities. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church’s CrossFit children’s group and Grady Elementary have hosted food drives. We are grateful for this help – and could use your help as we work to expand.

We welcome community participants. If you’d like to help, please email us at tampafl@end68hoursofhunger.org. For more updated information, go to the End 68 Hours of Hunger Tampa Facebook Page. You can also drop off food at HPPC (1309 W. Swann), Tanner Paint (4917 N. Armenia), On Point Executive Center (3030 N. Rocky Point Drive W., Suite 150) and Thomas &LoCicero (601 S. Boulevard), all in Tampa.

And keep an eye out for info on the annual Fall fundraiser – The Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally. This fall’s Food Truck Rally will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 11 am to 2 pm. We hope you can join us.

Below is a list of the typical items we can use. Please be sure the food has not expired. No glass please. Thanks! Please remember that many of the children carry their own food home and bigger is not better!

  • Canned chicken or tuna
  • Canned chili or soups
  • Canned pasta
  • Protein Bars
  • Cereal
  • Crackers
  • Squeezeable Jelly
  • Peanut butter or other “butters”
  • Canned fruit or veggies
  • Pasta or rice
  • Canned spaghetti sauce—no glass
  • Canned beans
  • Macaroni and cheese

 

If you have any questions, or would like more information about any of the mission opportunities, or to be added to an email list that will update you with service and missions events, please send an email to:

hppcmissions@gmail.com

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