TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Trinity Summers as the 34th Lightning Community Hero this season during the first period of this afternoon's game versus the Montreal Canadiens. Summers, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate half of the funds to Feeding Tampa Bay, while the other half will go towards a scholarship for her own education.
Trinity, a senior at Armwood High School, has a long history of giving back, having volunteered for sports teams, homeless organizations, veteran's services and organizations that assist the hungry. Her time at Feeding Tampa Bay has stood out to her because she instantly saw the impact of what she was doing. Through this, Summers has been coordinating a mobile food pantry, which provides meals to those who are disadvantaged. This experience has enabled her to interact and learn more about those being served.
For Summers' initiative, she will coordinate the development and distribution of recipe cards for seniors who have chronic health concerns such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. In order to encourage seniors to select healthier choices, on-site tastings will be offered so they are able to try new foods that are part of a balanced diet. Trinity will engage her school and community peers to help pack and deliver the groceries to those in senior housing, which will create a new group of volunteers for Feeding Tampa Bay and will grow their volunteer partnerships. The groceries provided through this program would be at no cost to the seniors and would include dry groceries, produce and protein.
Trinity Summers becomes the 305th Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the Lightning Community Hero program in 2011-12 with a $10 million, five-season commitment to the Tampa Bay community. Through this evening's game, in total, the Lightning Foundation has granted $15.35 million to more than 400 different nonprofits in the Greater Tampa Bay area. During the summer of 2016, the Vinik's announced that the community hero program will give away another $10-million over the next five seasons.