TAMPA BAY - For the fourth consecutive year, the Tampa Bay Lightning and The Mosaic Company have partnered to help feed Tampa Bay's hungry. Prior to Thursday night's game against the Detroit Red Wings, the Lightning, Mosaic and Feeding Tampa Bay will be holding a canned food drive on Ford Thunder Alley beginning at 5 p.m. All fans who donate three canned goods or more will receive a co-branded drawstring bag courtesy of Mosaic. Monetary donations will also be accepted as $1 provides 10 meals to those in need.
At last year's food drive, volunteers collected over 865 pounds of food and $1,189 which provided more than 12,615 meals within the community. This year the goal of the program is to provide over 13,000 meals for those in need.
Mosaic will also be presenting a check in conjunction with the Goals For Food Program for a total of $70,000 to Feeding Tampa Bay and 13 other local food bank partners. In addition to Feeding Tampa Bay, recipients of this year's donation include: All Faiths Food Bank, Cutting Edge Ministries Inc., Feeding Florida, Hardee Help Center, Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, Help of Fort Meade, Meals on Wheels of Tampa Inc., Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee Inc., Mulberry Community Service Center Inc., Our Daily Bread of Bradenton Inc., Thomas Promise Foundation, Inc., United Food Bank and Services of Plant City, Inc., and VISTE (Volunteers In Service To The Elderly).
Mosaic donates $500 per goal scored by the Lightning during each home game and $5,000 for every hat trick. The program will continue throughout the remainder of the Lightning's regular season home schedule as well as during the 2017-18 season. The program links the success of the Lightning to helping families in need across the Tampa Bay region.
"Mosaic is committed to helping end hunger in our local communities, and we are extremely proud to partner with the Lightning, Feeding Tampa Bay and other local food banks to make a difference," said Walt Precourt. "We support hunger relief efforts throughout the year, and the Goals for Food program is important because it gets right to the heart of feeding the hungry in our local communities while also helping to increase awareness about this critical need."