TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning’s food and beverage partner at AMALIE Arena hit a milestone this week.
Delaware North Corporation says it has supplied 100,000 prepared meals to Feeding Tampa Bay to help people struggling with food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic.
Since early April, Lightning executive chef Waylon Nelson and his team have been using an AMALIE Arena kitchen to prepare as many as 10,000 meals a week to combat hunger in the Bay area.
“It has been a true honor and privilege for me and the team to be able to participate and give back during this time of great need in the community,” Nelson explained in a news release. “We all thank Jeff Vinik for his generosity to enable us to perform such a great task.”
The meals are being delivered to people who can't leave their homes and get to grocery stores.
"We have seen a significant increase in need and a proportionate increase in barriers to accessing food since the pandemic began," said Thomas Mantz, president & CEO of Feeding Tampa Bay. "Our long-standing partnership with the Tampa Bay Lightning opened the door to a mutually beneficial solution during uncertain times."
Feeding Tampa Bay is part of the national Feeding America network and focuses on providing food to the hundreds of thousands of food-insecure families in West Central Florida.
If you need food support, click here.
- Here are the reopening plans for Tampa Bay school districts
- Here's what to know about today's tax deadline
- Florida couple fined $2,000 for violating Canada's quarantine order
- Florida's recent record day for COVID-19 might not have been quite that high
- Shaquille O'Neal stops to help woman after tire blows on I-75 in Florida
- Doctors call on community to slow COVID spread as hospitals see increase in patients
- Florida reports 133 more COVID-19 deaths, adds 9,194 confirmed cases
►Stay In the Know! Sign up now for the Brightside Blend Newsletter