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<strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> <strong>and</strong> <strong>Services</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong>, Inc.<br />

<strong>Annual</strong> <strong>Report</strong> 2017-18<br />

Providing a h<strong>and</strong> up <strong>and</strong> not a h<strong>and</strong> out<br />

To provide assistance for those in need, moving them from a state <strong>of</strong> hunger <strong>and</strong> impoverishment<br />

to self-suffi ciency, empowerment, <strong>and</strong> self-reliance.<br />

In looking back over the last year, the <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong><br />

<strong>Bank</strong> <strong>and</strong> <strong>Services</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong> is grateful to its<br />

many supporters as we report a 73 percent increase in<br />

contributions, fundraising, <strong>and</strong> grant activity from the<br />

previous year as verified in our most recent, annual audit<br />

completed for the year ending June 30, 2018 by Raulerson<br />

Castillo & Company, Certified Public Accountants.<br />

With this good news comes a staggering reality for the<br />

working poor served by this agency: while fundraising is<br />

more successful than in years past, food donations are not<br />

keeping pace with the extreme increase in dem<strong>and</strong>. The<br />

available product gap is significant.<br />

While food contributions increased by 64 percent two<br />

years ago from fiscal year FY2016 to FY2017, there was<br />

only a 7 percent increase in food contributions this last<br />

year from FY2017 to FY 2018: $3,587,700 donated in 2017<br />

compared to $3,831,621 in 2018 to support an 18 percent<br />

increase in people served. The food bank is struggling to<br />

stock the shelves in order to serve vulnerable children <strong>and</strong><br />

families with food insecurities in <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong>, Dover, Seffner,<br />

Valrico, Thonotosassa, <strong>and</strong> Lithia.<br />

We can have up to 300 cars on any given day wrapped<br />

around our building at 702 E. Alsobrook Street in <strong>Plant</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong>, with children, families, <strong>and</strong> individuals all in need<br />

<strong>of</strong> assistance <strong>and</strong> counting on their local food bank, in<br />

operation since 1991, to provide a h<strong>and</strong> up <strong>and</strong> not a h<strong>and</strong><br />

out.<br />

What has changed to account for the decrease in<br />

food supplies donated to <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong>? For one,<br />

supermarket <strong>and</strong> wholesale inventory systems are<br />

more precise so overruns <strong>and</strong> unused food supplies—<br />

<strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> shelf-stable inventory<br />

transported with our own refrigerated box truck—are less<br />

than last year.<br />

Feeding Tampa Bay, part <strong>of</strong> the Feeding America network,<br />

supplies the <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> with 4 percent <strong>of</strong> its<br />

donated food at an annual cost, while the remaining 96<br />

percent <strong>of</strong> inventory is donated <strong>and</strong> picked up at Publix<br />

(a long-st<strong>and</strong>ing partner), supplied generously by Gordon<br />

<strong>Food</strong>s <strong>and</strong> Star Distribution, donated by residents or<br />

corporations, or purchased with general operating funds<br />

by the food bank.<br />

I hope to close the gap between supply <strong>and</strong> dem<strong>and</strong> by<br />

identifying funding for our core program: hunger relief.<br />

Only when someone has food security can they then<br />

focus on their health, parenting, success in school, income<br />

stability, affordable housing, <strong>and</strong> a living<br />

wage. First things first.<br />

Mary Heysek

Reminder <strong>of</strong> Empty Bowls<br />

2011 was the inaugural year for the <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong><br />

<strong>Bank</strong>’s Empty Bowls Project, which took place on<br />

November 12, at the Robert W. Willaford Railroad<br />

Museum in <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong>. What started out as a combined<br />

art <strong>and</strong> lunch project to bring public awareness to the<br />

issues <strong>of</strong> local hunger in East Hillsborough, has grown<br />

to 800 to 1,000 ticket sales per year.<br />

Empty Bowls was originally started in 1990 as a<br />

grassroots movement in Michigan by Lisa Blackburn<br />

<strong>and</strong> art teacher, John Hartom. It is <strong>of</strong>ten held in<br />

conjunction with the <strong>United</strong> Nations sponsored World<br />

<strong>Food</strong> Day in participating communities across the<br />

nation <strong>and</strong> in Canada. Event guests choose a bowl <strong>and</strong><br />

keep it as a reminder <strong>of</strong> all <strong>of</strong> the empty bowls in the<br />

world. It was Hartom’s idea to give artists <strong>and</strong> local art<br />

students a way to personally make a difference in their<br />

community.<br />

The Empty Bowls Project in <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong>—to bring<br />

awareness to food insecurity throughout the entire<br />

<strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> service area <strong>of</strong> <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong>, Dover,<br />

Seffner, Valrico, Thonotosassa, <strong>and</strong> Lithia—is<br />

coordinated annually by the committee chairman <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> Board Member, Silvia Dodson, <strong>and</strong><br />

her entire committee.<br />

Since its start in East Hillsborough, <strong>and</strong> with the help<br />

<strong>of</strong> a grant from the Arts Council in <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong>, the food<br />

bank engaged David Dye, a retired pottery artist from<br />

the Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus, to<br />

become a Pottery Artist guest instructor in the schools.<br />

Mr. Dye demonstrates the art form in at least nine<br />

Hillsborough County Area 5 elementary <strong>and</strong> middle<br />

schools. Following a demonstration, students are<br />

encouraged to then create <strong>and</strong> donate their pottery for<br />

the Empty Bowls event.<br />

While it is the second leading fundraising event, next<br />

to Celebrity Chef, for the <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> each year,<br />

it is so much more. It’s a means to advocate for hunger<br />

relief in our own back yard using an intergenerational,<br />

visual arts, community-based approach.<br />

In 2013, the <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> <strong>and</strong> its Empty Bowls<br />

Project Committee welcomed 13 participating churches<br />

<strong>and</strong> organizations with the presentation <strong>of</strong> 20 different<br />

soups donated for the event. Last year the number <strong>of</strong><br />

participating organizations rose to 30 with 34 varieties<br />

<strong>of</strong> donated soup. Additionally, in 2017, 26 schools<br />

participated in making clay bowls that the public took<br />

home from the Empty Bowls event as a reminder <strong>of</strong> the<br />

many bowls that go unfilled each day.<br />

The Empty Bowls art-for-hunger event is taking place<br />

from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on November 10, 2018, at<br />

the Railroad Museum in <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong>. The popularity <strong>of</strong><br />

the event <strong>and</strong> the local soup recipes inspired an Empty<br />

Bowls cookbook to go on sale in November 2018.<br />

The tenth annual <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> Celebrity Chef fundraiser that took<br />

place on February 3, 2018, was a great success with nearly 50 silent <strong>and</strong><br />

live auction items, including a dinner for six at nationally renowned Chef<br />

Fabio Viviani’s new Osteria restaurant in downtown Tampa, opening in early<br />

October 2018. Chef Viviani gave a live cooking demonstration in front <strong>of</strong><br />

more than 300 Celebrity Chef event attendees at The John Trinkle Center<br />

in <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong>. This is the second appearance by Chef Viviano, well known<br />

for his debut on Bravo’s Top Chef. Other celebrities have included the Lee<br />

Brothers <strong>and</strong> Emily Ellyn.<br />

A date <strong>of</strong> February 2, 2019, is reserved for the next Celebrity Chef event<br />

held on behalf <strong>of</strong> the <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> <strong>and</strong> <strong>Services</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong>.

Mosaic Advances <strong>Food</strong> Security<br />

The Mosaic Company helps the world to grow the<br />

food it needs. This industry leader with a global<br />

presence has significant roots in Central Florida. In the<br />

Tampa Bay area Mosaic has <strong>of</strong>fices <strong>and</strong> operations<br />

in Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee, Hardee, <strong>and</strong> DeSoto<br />

counties with more than 3,000 employees in the state<br />

<strong>of</strong> Florida, <strong>and</strong> 1,000 <strong>of</strong> them living in Hillsborough<br />

County.<br />

Mosaic strives to strengthen communities where it<br />

has <strong>of</strong>fices <strong>and</strong> operations. Central to this corporation<br />

are the community investments it makes in three core<br />

areas: food, water, <strong>and</strong> supporting local communities.<br />

Mosaic recognizes that food production must double<br />

by 2050 to meet the growing global population <strong>and</strong><br />

address the nearly one billion individuals who will go to<br />

bed hungry today.<br />

The <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> has partnered with The Mosaic<br />

Company since 2012 with the volunteerism <strong>of</strong> Donna<br />

Burke, Strategic Sourcing<br />

Manager, serving on the<br />

<strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>Services</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong> Board<br />

<strong>of</strong> Directors. Additionally,<br />

Mosaic continued many<br />

years <strong>of</strong> financial support to<br />

<strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> given by<br />

CF Industries by providing<br />

operational, program, <strong>and</strong><br />

logistical improvement<br />

funding through the direction<br />

<strong>of</strong> Public Affairs<br />

Manager Nikki Foster.<br />

Nikki Foster, Public Affairs<br />

Manager, The Mosaic Company<br />

The food bank is a natural partner with Mosaic as it<br />

falls within its core area <strong>of</strong> investing in food insecurity<br />

<strong>and</strong> development in local communities where Mosaic<br />

operates. Global agricultural development <strong>and</strong><br />

agricultural education are also priorities <strong>of</strong> the Mosaic<br />

Company Foundation in this one core area <strong>of</strong> “food.”<br />

<strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> <strong>and</strong> <strong>Services</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong> relies on<br />

strong funder partnerships to continue to grow <strong>and</strong><br />

meet an ever increasing dem<strong>and</strong> for services with a<br />

h<strong>and</strong> up <strong>and</strong> not a h<strong>and</strong> out. It’s not just a funder;<br />

Mosaic is a direct collaborator in its community<br />

investment areas. This enables the food bank to better<br />

serve those in need <strong>and</strong> provide supportive services<br />

that promote personal strength, family <strong>and</strong> child wellbeing,<br />

<strong>and</strong> self-sufficiency.<br />

When asked about nonpr<strong>of</strong>it alignment to the<br />

core investment strategies <strong>of</strong> Mosaic <strong>and</strong> what the<br />

foundation looks for when reviewing applications<br />

for funding, Ms. Foster responded, “In the space <strong>of</strong> a<br />

nonpr<strong>of</strong>it, we want to ensure it’s reputable, financially<br />

sound, <strong>and</strong> has strong leadership. Most importantly, we<br />

look for organizations that are focused on its mission<br />

<strong>and</strong> is able to meet its goals. We look for strong<br />

community partners. This is when it’s not just about<br />

what you do, but how you do it.”<br />

Driveway improvements at <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> <strong>and</strong> <strong>Services</strong>: mission accomplished.<br />

The funding is secured. It is a near $80,000 project to reinforce the back loading<br />

area at the <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> <strong>and</strong> to redesign the front parking lot to accommodate<br />

up to 300 vehicles on any given day.<br />

The front <strong>of</strong> the <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> building was never designed for the volume <strong>of</strong><br />

traffic created by food bank clients <strong>and</strong> guests. Thanks to BBE-Boggs Engineering for<br />

the design <strong>and</strong> specifications (<strong>and</strong> Hillsborough Surveying with donated services) that<br />

allowed WTS Wetherington to advance the plans <strong>and</strong> complete the paving. The project<br />

was made possible with a donation from local residents Bill Carr <strong>and</strong> Jennifer Closshey<br />

with additional funds from Hillsborough County secured by Commissioner Stacy White<br />

<strong>of</strong> District 4 .

Florida Department <strong>of</strong> Health<br />

Partnership<br />

Program Overviews<br />

PreventT2, a proven program to prevent or delay type 2<br />

diabetes, is brought to <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong> by the Florida Department<br />

<strong>of</strong> Health in Hillsborough in partnership with the <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong><br />

<strong>Bank</strong>. The curriculum used by the Florida Department <strong>of</strong><br />

Health (provided over a 12-month period) is furnished by the<br />

Centers for Disease Control <strong>and</strong> Prevention (CDC).<br />

The Florida Department <strong>of</strong> Health in Hillsborough reached<br />

out to the <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> in March <strong>of</strong> 2016 to implement<br />

a PreventT2 year-long program on-site in <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong>. It is a<br />

critical service to the community; approximately 1 out <strong>of</strong> 3<br />

American adults has prediabetes while 1 out <strong>of</strong> 10 American<br />

adults has diabetes (CDC Website, 2018).<br />

Type 2 diabetes puts individuals at risk for serious health problems<br />

such as those listed below, including a 50 percent higher<br />

risk <strong>of</strong> death than individuals without the disease:<br />

• heart attack<br />

• stroke<br />

• blindness<br />

• kidney failure<br />

• loss <strong>of</strong> toes, feet, or legs<br />

By participating in a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program<br />

an individual can cut their risk <strong>of</strong> type 2 diabetes in half. Specifically,<br />

National Institutes <strong>of</strong> Health (NIH) studies have shown<br />

that people with prediabetes who take part in a structured lifestyle<br />

change program, lose 5 percent to 7 percent <strong>of</strong> their body<br />

weight through healthier eating, <strong>and</strong> commit to 150 minutes <strong>of</strong><br />

physical activity per week can cut their risk <strong>of</strong> developing type<br />

2 diabetes by 58 percent <strong>and</strong> by 71 percent for people over 60<br />

years old.<br />

Greg Champlin, Nutrition Educator in Community Health from<br />

the Florida Department <strong>of</strong> Health in Hillsborough County, instructs<br />

the PreventT2 curriculum at the <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong>. It is<br />

the second 12-month course <strong>of</strong>fering at this location. Multiple<br />

sites are available in the county for the PreventT2 program.<br />

The data produced following the first PreventT2 program held<br />

at the <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> with five people completing all 26<br />

modules through a full year’s commitment are as follows:<br />

• Total Lbs. Lost: 81 Lbs.<br />

• Total Avg. % Weight Loss: 8.4%<br />

• Avg. Lbs. Lost Per Person: 16.2 Lbs.<br />

With a new 12-month program underway at the <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong>,<br />

local resident, James Beier, Ph.D., who attended the inaugural<br />

PreventT2 program, came back to provide personal testimony:<br />

he lost 21 pounds <strong>and</strong> has kept them <strong>of</strong>f. He said he stopped<br />

eating sugar <strong>and</strong> preservatives, started checking labels, <strong>and</strong><br />

put into practice what he was taught in the program.<br />

<strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> seeks to stamp out hunger in East<br />

Hillsborough County through a holistic approach, including<br />

community referrals, to reduce some <strong>of</strong> the causes<br />

<strong>of</strong> hunger: lack <strong>of</strong> access to food stamps, unforeseen medical<br />

costs, low wages, housing costs, unemployment, <strong>and</strong><br />

poor money management. The following programs are part<br />

<strong>of</strong> the food bank’s 2017-18 onsite continuum <strong>of</strong> care:<br />

• <strong>Food</strong> Distribution: grocery stores, donors, cash<br />

purchases, Feeding America, foundation partners<br />

• Emergency <strong>Food</strong> Distribution: Funders/ FEMA<br />

• FDIC Money Smart Program: Regions <strong>Bank</strong><br />

• ACCESS Site: approved DCF site for benefi t sign up<br />

<strong>and</strong> monitoring (food stamps, etc.)<br />

• Education Center: computer lab <strong>and</strong> internet for job<br />

search, insurance registration, educational classes<br />

<strong>and</strong> tutorials, GED preparation<br />

• Hunger on Campus: with Hillsborough Community<br />

College, lunch <strong>and</strong> learn sessions on campus <strong>and</strong><br />

provision <strong>of</strong> emergency food supply boxes<br />

• Children’s Nutritional Outreach: Hillsborough<br />

County Public Schools Area 5<br />

• Diabetes Prevention Class: FL Dept. <strong>of</strong> Health<br />

• Cooking Classes: Hispanic <strong>Services</strong> Council<br />

• Health Literacy: Hispanic <strong>Services</strong> Council <strong>and</strong><br />

Florida Blue<br />

• Flu Shots: BayCare’s South FL Baptist Hospital<br />

• Interns: Hillsborough Education Foundation with<br />

<strong>Bank</strong> <strong>of</strong> America <strong>and</strong> Take Stock in Children; <strong>and</strong><br />

Hillsborough Community College clinical program<br />

• Volunteers: <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong> Housing Authority, <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

High, Durant High, Rotary, Elks, Lions Club, local<br />

churches, court-order, <strong>and</strong> corporate employees<br />

s<br />

potlight on Childhood Hunger <strong>and</strong> Nutrition<br />

<strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> partners with Hillsborough<br />

County Public Schools Area 5 to<br />

conduct a food drive <strong>and</strong> generate 174,000<br />

pounds <strong>of</strong> food for children in need. During<br />

the winter, spring, <strong>and</strong> summer breaks<br />

from school, 600 bags go out per week to<br />

approximately 7,339 children who are provided<br />

food during vulnerable times, up from<br />

6,515 children served in 2016.

Demographics<br />

Financial Update<br />


A combined total population <strong>of</strong> 183,691 that includes service to<br />

residents in <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong>, Dover, Thonotosassa, Seffner, Valrico,<br />

Lithia, <strong>and</strong> limited outreach to Riverview. (US Census)<br />

<strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong> Hillsborough County<br />

Per Capita Income $21,597 Per Capita Income $28,727<br />

↓Poverty w/children

Publix Addresses Local Hunger<br />

Publix Super Markets opened its first store in Winter<br />

Haven, Florida in 1930 founded by George Jenkins,<br />

with just 6 associates. Today, Publix has grown to more<br />

than 1,200 stores across seven<br />

states: FL, GA, AL, TN, SC, NC<br />

<strong>and</strong> VA. Mr. George’s spirit <strong>of</strong><br />

giving – a corner store <strong>of</strong> the<br />

company culture, <strong>and</strong> the more<br />

than 196,000 Publix associates<br />

continue to carry on that spirit <strong>of</strong><br />

giving each <strong>and</strong> every day.<br />

Brian West, Media <strong>and</strong><br />

Community Relations Manager,<br />

Publix<br />

Publix has been a strong partner<br />

with the <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>Services</strong> in <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong>. Brian S.<br />

West, Publix Super Markets, Inc. Media <strong>and</strong> Community<br />

Relations Manager, has served as a board member for<br />

the <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> since 2006. In recent years, Publix<br />

has increased their support <strong>of</strong> the food bank through<br />

their (1) Perishable Recovery program (2) the <strong>Food</strong> For<br />

All program where customers <strong>and</strong> associates make<br />

donations at the register for unrestricted funding for<br />

hunger efforts, <strong>and</strong> (3) the <strong>Food</strong> for Sharing program<br />

held in the spring <strong>and</strong> late summer each year where<br />

customers <strong>and</strong> associates make donations at the register<br />

that are converted to food items <strong>and</strong> donated to food<br />

banks, (4) through its Publix Serves Day in which Publix<br />

associates have helped clean, paint, <strong>and</strong> repair parts<br />

<strong>of</strong> the food bank, <strong>and</strong> (5) through sponsorships <strong>and</strong><br />

general donations.<br />

In addition to this strong support, <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong><br />

has collaborated with Publix Super Markets Charities<br />

through grant requests focusing on youth, education,<br />

<strong>and</strong> reducing hunger.<br />

Since beginning their Perishable Recovery program in<br />

2009, Publix Super Markets, Inc. has contributed nearly<br />

300 million pounds <strong>of</strong> product.<br />

Brian West knows <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong>, <strong>and</strong> not just because it’s in<br />

the backyard <strong>of</strong> their Lakel<strong>and</strong> corporate headquarters,<br />

or because he has been with Publix for 28 years, but<br />

because he has first h<strong>and</strong> knowledge <strong>of</strong> the needs <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong>. He’s very proud that he was born <strong>and</strong> raised<br />

in this city.<br />

The first Publix opened in<br />

downtown <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong> in 1945<br />

following the acquisition <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Lakel<strong>and</strong> Grocery Company <strong>and</strong><br />

their 19 All American stores<br />

(one <strong>of</strong> which was located in<br />

downtown immediately south<br />

<strong>of</strong> today’s Whistle Stop Café).<br />

Another milestone occurred in 1966 when Mr. George<br />

established Publix Super Markets Charities.<br />

Even as inventory procedures become more sophisticated,<br />

there will always be some degree <strong>of</strong> shrink, which<br />

creates an opportunity for perishable items that can be<br />

donated to the community. West observed, “Partnering<br />

with food banks <strong>and</strong> pantries is a natural fit. Since I<br />

began serving the food bank, we’ve continued to see a<br />

dramatic increase in need, <strong>and</strong> this<br />

isn’t unique to <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong>.<br />

Star Distribution has made financial <strong>and</strong> equipment contributions to the <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong><br />

<strong>Bank</strong> throughout the years. A new Energy Master forklift was donated to the <strong>Food</strong><br />

<strong>Bank</strong> toward the end <strong>of</strong> the last fiscal year in 2018 by Star Distribution; this donation is<br />

in addition to their consistent pledge <strong>of</strong> financial support to this nonpr<strong>of</strong>it. Founded in<br />

1892, Larry Jimenez, Sr. <strong>and</strong> his family—owners since 1948—transitioned Star from a food<br />

brokerage <strong>and</strong> sales company to Florida’s most premier 3rd party, full service logistics<br />

solutions company with a state-<strong>of</strong>-the-art facility in <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong>.<br />

Gordon <strong>Food</strong> Service, a family owned Michigan business started its <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong> operations<br />

in 2010. Since then, the company has provided <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> with regular<br />

donations <strong>and</strong> direct staff involvement. Earl Biggs, Regional Director, Transportation, for<br />

Gordon <strong>Food</strong> Service is a <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> board member. It is important to their employees<br />

that they participate. As Mr. Biggs firmly believes, “It would be ideal if there was<br />

no food insecurity or hunger, but the fact is, the need is real <strong>and</strong> continues to grow. We<br />

cannot ignore this...”

Reality <strong>of</strong> College Campus Hunger<br />

Hunger on college campuses is a reality that is<br />

becoming more <strong>and</strong> more common. As reported in<br />

early 2018 by a Temple University <strong>and</strong> Wisconsin HOPE<br />

Lab, more than a third <strong>of</strong> college students can’t afford<br />

to eat or have stable housing. In addition to 36 percent<br />

<strong>of</strong> students reporting food insecurity <strong>and</strong> another 36<br />

reporting housing insecurity, another 9 percent were<br />

homeless.<br />

These numbers are even higher for community college<br />

students: 42 percent report that they struggle to obtain<br />

adequate food <strong>and</strong> miss a complete day <strong>of</strong> meals<br />

per month. And 46 percent <strong>of</strong> the community college<br />

students said they had difficulty paying for housing <strong>and</strong><br />

utilities.<br />

<strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> has forged a unique collaboration<br />

with Hillsborough Community College (HCC) <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

Campus to address college hunger. In working with Dr.<br />

Martyn Clay, Campus President <strong>and</strong> Cris Legner, Dean,<br />

Student <strong>Services</strong>, <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> Executive Director, Mary<br />

Heysek <strong>and</strong> Operations Manager, Ashlee Montanaro,<br />

present issues <strong>of</strong> hunger during on-campus<br />

lunch <strong>and</strong> learn sessions. HCC has a <strong>Food</strong><br />

Insecurity Task Force covering its campuses,<br />

flyers are distributed, <strong>and</strong> staff are trained in<br />

interventions.<br />

Hillsborough Community College recognizes the stigma<br />

that can be attached to food or housing insecurity for<br />

their students. They have worked out an arrangement<br />

with the food bank to supply a weekend box (an emergency<br />

ration stored on campus <strong>and</strong> distributed by the<br />

Dean <strong>of</strong> Student <strong>Services</strong>, Dean <strong>of</strong> Academic Affairs, or<br />

through the Office <strong>of</strong> the President, to students who<br />

identify a need along with a voucher to present at the<br />

food bank).<br />

By the numbers:<br />

• Since April <strong>of</strong> 2018, HCC <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong> has distributed<br />

55 emergency food boxes.<br />

• <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> has provided 80 emergency<br />

boxes to the campus.<br />

• HCC <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong> has distributed between 60-75<br />

vouchers for food bank services to students.<br />

• During a two-day “Welcome Back” event in August<br />

<strong>of</strong> 2018, 39 vouchers <strong>and</strong> three emergency boxes<br />

were h<strong>and</strong>ed out in just two days.<br />

“What is extremely gratifying is that we realized a need<br />

<strong>and</strong> identified how to fix it, <strong>and</strong> connected those students<br />

with needs to the <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong>. In addition,<br />

students, including some receiving assistance, are coming<br />

back to the food bank to volunteer to help others.”<br />

—Dr. Martyn Clay, Campus President<br />

Mary Heysek <strong>and</strong> Ashlee Montanaro Presenting at HCC <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong> in April 2018<br />

Volunteerism at <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> <strong>and</strong> <strong>Services</strong> for the FY 2017-18 remained strong. From FY 2016 to FY 2018<br />

there was a 53 percent increase in volunteer hours going from 4,377 in FY 2016 to 4,570 in FY 2017 to 6,704 in<br />

FY 2018. Volunteers are provided by corporations, community neighbors, churches, board members, <strong>and</strong> through<br />

court-ordered community service (another 500-600 volunteer hours per year). Corporate volunteers come from<br />

Publix, Mosaic, Suncoast Credit Union, <strong>Bank</strong> <strong>of</strong> America, Keller Williams, State Farm, <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong> Housing Authority, Area<br />

Agency on Aging, Camping World, <strong>and</strong> College Hunks Hauling Junk. Bright Futures <strong>and</strong> other students volunteer from<br />

<strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong> <strong>and</strong> Durant High Schools. The food bank receives two HCC clinical interns per semester.

702 E. Alsobrook St., Suite H<br />

<strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong>, FL 33563<br />

813-764-0625<br />

www.ufbpc.org<br />


Save The Date: Upcoming <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> Events<br />

Empty Bowls Event: 11/10/18<br />

Art for hunger awareness<br />

Homemade bowls <strong>and</strong> soup<br />

Willaford Railroad Museum<br />

<strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> <strong>and</strong> <strong>Services</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong>, Inc.<br />

<strong>Annual</strong> <strong>Report</strong> 2017-18<br />

Providing a h<strong>and</strong> up <strong>and</strong> not a h<strong>and</strong> out<br />

Celebrity Chef Event: 2/2/19<br />

Chefs: Sheriff Chronister &<br />

Police Chief Ed Duncan<br />

Emcee: Mayor Rick Lott<br />

11th <strong>Annual</strong> Event<br />

The John Trinkle Center<br />

oard Chairman’s <strong>Report</strong><br />

B<br />

I am honored to serve as President <strong>of</strong> <strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong><br />

<strong>Bank</strong>’s Board <strong>of</strong> Directors beginning July 2018 through<br />

June 2019. I’ve been a director on this board since 2011,<br />

with a prior two-year term as the Board Treasurer.<br />

My leadership is immensely enhanced by the strength<br />

<strong>and</strong> depth <strong>of</strong> our 18 dedicated board members, while<br />

we continue to mourn the loss <strong>of</strong> board member David<br />

Galloway who passed away a year ago this October.<br />

Pr<strong>of</strong>essionally, I have spent 25 years in community banking,<br />

20 <strong>of</strong> those years here in <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong>; I currently serve<br />

as Senior Vice President <strong>of</strong> Hillsboro <strong>Bank</strong> in <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong>.<br />

In addition, I’m committed to improving the community in<br />

which my wife Mary <strong>and</strong> our two daughters live <strong>and</strong> work.<br />

I just completed a four-year term as the East<br />

Hillsborough appointed Planning Commissioner for<br />

Hillsborough County, served more than a decade as<br />

<strong>City</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong> Planning <strong>and</strong> Zoning Board member,<br />

a Raider Champions Foundation Founding Director <strong>and</strong><br />

Treasurer, 2012 Chairman <strong>of</strong> the <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong> Chamber <strong>of</strong><br />

Commerce, <strong>and</strong> <strong>Plant</strong> <strong>City</strong> Rotary Club member.<br />

<strong>United</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Bank</strong> has helped families I know personally<br />

to bridge a short-term, unexpected fi nancial hurdle. To<br />

honor our mission, I will focus my chairmanship on the<br />

collection <strong>of</strong> shelf-stable foods <strong>and</strong> new fundraising.<br />

On behalf <strong>of</strong> the entire board, I want to thank Hillsborough<br />

County, Commissioner Stacy White (District 4),<br />

<strong>and</strong> two local donors for making our recent driveway<br />

improvements possible.<br />

UFBPC Board Members<br />

George W. Banning<br />

Earl Biggs<br />

Donna Burke<br />

Mathew Buzza<br />

David Davenport<br />

Silvia Dodson<br />

David H. Galloway †<br />

Kendelle Jimenez<br />

Bill McDaniel<br />

Marsha Passmore<br />

Matt Buzza<br />

UFBPC Board Members<br />

Rev. Dean Pfeffer<br />

Jon Poppell<br />

Daniel Raulerson<br />

Bruce Rodwell<br />

Bruce Sperry<br />

Beth Tancredo<br />

William Thomas<br />

Brian West, Emeritus<br />

Dodie White

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