TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Vicki Anzalone as the 28th Lightning Community Hero of the season during the first period of tonight’s game against the Anaheim Ducks. Anzalone, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Where Love Grows, Feeding America and Boys & Girls Clubs.
The thought of a child experiencing hunger because of a lack of access to food is what drives tonight’s Lightning Community Hero to intervene and make a difference in the Tampa Bay community. To combat this issue, Anzalone founded Where Love Grows, a 501 (c) 3 mission dedicated to feeding hungry children home cooked meals. Since its inception in 2010, Where Love Grows has fed over 3,300 meals.
Anzalone’s approach has been to not only feed children, but to also teach them how to feed themselves through her cook training program. She does this with the hope to enable children to cook in their own homes, creating an alleviating solution.