TAMPA, Fla.- Today the Tampa Bay Lightning and The Mosaic Company announced hitting the milestone of 6 million meals donated through the 'Goals for Food'" program since the 2013 season. The Goals for Food program benefits Feeding Tampa Bay, Meals on Wheels and other local food bank partners. The program links the success of the Lightning to feeding food insecure families across the Tampa Bay region, where approximately 700,000 people, including 250,000 children, are not sure from where their next meal will come.
The announcement was made during a press conference held at the Feeding Tampa Bay warehouse with representatives from the Lightning, Mosaic and local hunger-relief organizations. Mosaic donates $500 for every goal and $5,000 for every hat trick scored at home games by the Lightning to Feeding Tampa Bay and other regional food bank partners. These include Meals on Wheels of Tampa, Feeding Florida, Harry Chapin Food Bank in Southwest, FL, the Hardee Help Center in Wauchula, All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota, Meals on Wheels Plus in Manatee, Giving Alliance in Myakka City, VISTE in Lakeland, the Mulberry Community Service Center in Mulberry, Thomas Promise Foundation in Zephyrhills, United Food Bank & Services in Plant City, Help of Fort Meade in Ft. Meade, and Cutting Edge Ministries in Zolfo Springs.
During today's press conference the Lightning and Mosaic celebrated the Goals for Food program and put an additional focus on following the food that is donated back to those in need. Following the press conference, Point, Lightning and Mosaic employees participated in a volunteer event in which they distributed food at Feeding Tampa Bay. The group also announced that the Lightning and Mosaic will host a canned food drive on Ford Thunder Alley before the team's game on March 14th against the Detroit Red Wings. Everyone who donates four canned goods will receive a co-branded giveaway.
Throughout the announcement, a consistent message from all involved was that everyone can help in the fight against food insecurity. For example, a $1 donation can provide ten full meals. People interested in making a donation or learning more about hunger-related issues in the Tampa Bay area can visit the Feeding Tampa Bay website at www.feedingtampabay.org.