Hungering to Help: Feeding America distributes food

Tampa, Florida – With beeping forklifts whizzing back and forth, the Feeding America Tampa Bay warehouse is a busy place. Food comes in and community groups from all over take it away.

"Absolutely, it's really busy," says Feeding America's Karen Griffin. "We moved through 43 million pounds of food last year."

Feeding America is our largest hunger relief organization. It serves close to 600 agencies throughout 10 counties -- where an estimated 700,000 people are "food insecure." That means, they don't always know where their next meal will come from.

On this day, Bonnie James pulls a load of snacks — "I have baked items today" — destined for children in Temple Terrace.

"Food is a big issue. There are a lot of kids who go home hungry in the afternoon," she says.

And it's not just kids who are hungry. At this Tampa church, your neighbors line up for food: seniors, the disabled, the working poor. Each food box loaded into a trunk or back seat helps contain their worries.

"If I don't get food from the food pantry, I don't eat and I also help my parents who are disabled," says Joy Ready through her car window.

Even though Johnny Young has a job, she's thankful for the food bank. "With the economy the way it is, every little bit helps."

Talk about stretching a buck—Feeding America Tampa Bay knows how to do it. Because all the food is donated and hundreds of volunteers help out -- a $1 donation turns into 7 meals.

So if you're looking for a group where dollars truly make a difference, Feeding America is food for thought.

10 News is airing the Outnumber Hunger Concert on Friday at 8 p.m. The effort benefits Feeding America and is sponsored by our parent company Gannett and General Mills.

If you'd like to watch the concert with other fans and meet 10 News anchors, join us for a "watch party" at Hooters on 4th Street N. in St. Petersburg. To find out more, click here.


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