TAMPA BAY - With an eye toward helping make fresh produce more widely available to food insecure communities around Tampa, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chase are teaming up with Feeding America Tampa Bay to host the first-ever fresh produce drive prior to the Bolts' preseason home game against the Dallas Stars at Amalie Arena on Friday night. The goal is to collect 10,000 pounds of food that will help provide more than 8,000 meals for local families.
Fans interested in supporting access to fresh food and healthy eating can bring apples, oranges, carrots, potatoes, peppers, onions and corn or other bagged fresh produce to the Feeding America truck, donated by Chase, starting at 5 p.m. on Ford Thunder Alley. As a thank you for your support, Chase and the Lightning will give one ticket to the game for each donation, while supplies last.
Chase, Feeding America and Lightning volunteers will be on hand to collect donations. Fans that have already purchased tickets to Friday's game and make a food donation will get a free Lightning t-shirt. Fans wishing to help fight hunger can also donate money to Feeding America Tampa Bay at the food truck on Friday evening.
During the pre-game, the Lightning and Chase will celebrate healthy eating and active lifestyle habits with free Street Lightning clinics for kids to play hockey, enjoy snacks and music, and other family activities.
"Access to healthy food, opportunities to stay active, play and have fun, are all part of keeping our community stronger. We are looking forward to helping fill that truck with fresh food our community can enjoy," said Mike Gray, head of branches for Chase in the Greater Tampa Bay area.
Chase is a Community Partner of the Lightning. Together, we support a variety of community initiatives including street hockey clinics for kids in underserved neighborhoods, military support through awarding of mortgage-free homes to military veterans and recognition of outstanding educators, as part of programs to provide access to sports and science for youth and recognize those making a difference in the team's hometown.