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United Food Bank and Services of Plant City, Inc.

Annual Report 2020-2021

Providing a Hand Up and Not a Hand Out

To provide assistance for those in need, moving them from a state of hunger

Senior hunger

is something

this food bank

knows too well.

Seeing the

need and toll

are seeking to


eventually to

eliminate—food insecurity among our

seniors in the nine communities that

we serve in East Hillsborough. One

be a projected 118 million individuals

than half again what it is today.

No matter how independent some

provide for their most basic needs. This

includes the inability to secure enough

food or the proper nutrition. Their

independence will be compromised.

and even family.

seniors were not receiving the meals

in provisions where United Food Bank

and Services could make a difference.

a smaller portion of the total senior

food costs rising along with demand.

Some seniors cannot afford the cost

sliding-fee arrangement.

The need for United Food Bank to

Green delivering to the community


Classes .................................................

and Outcomes ..................................

Empty Bowls Event .........................


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proud to


it has been

awarded a

Four Star


with Charity Navigator. This

and outperforms most charities


United Food Bank

and Services of Plant City

“Our vision is to stamp out hunger in East

Hillsborough County and raise the standard of


Feeding Our Future: Provides food bags for

school and college students during out-of-

Feeding Our Legacy: Provides food and

Monthly Mobile Pantry Distribution: Takes

drive-thru basis

Holiday Meals:

Thanksgiving and Christmas

Outreach Services:

outreach to low-income areas

In-House Work Experience Internships:

Hillsborough Education Foundation with Bank


Partnerships: Hillsborough Community



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seniors lives alone in this country.

there is very little left for food

United Food Bank clients report

model to deliver food in the community where the needs

family residential properties that United Food Bank now

Feeding Our

program will supply an assortment of health food to

creative menu planning with fresh produce and fruit options

in cooperation with our local farmers and new

gleaning partner.

Mary Heysek

Fundraising: From Plant City Stadium to Amalie Arena


fundraiser of the year.

Originally known as Celebrity

inaugural theme last year

was Tailgate

perfectly with our very own

Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the

Super Bowl. The casual evening

Chutes performing precision aerial parachute landings.


on Evers


the needs of the hungry in Central Florida through the

Goals for Food

designated agencies were able to

Wish Farms’ Open House

present check to UFBPC


Farms celebrated

the grand opening of

foot headquarters in

campus. This international

grower and marketer of

strawberries and other

relationship with the

and to the entire family

and company that they

remain headquartered

in Plant City. The grand

opening celebration

was complete with a

music festival known as




Fle et


increased demand for services. Two of these vehicles

Gratitude for Our

Contracted Partners

(Individual Donors Recognized and Honored Separately)

Hillsborough County

Capital Support

Bristol Myers Squibb

Star Distribution


participate in local hunger relief efforts

ith an increase

in service

delivery over this last

a pivot in United

model to incorporate

Healthy Cooking Classes

volunteer turned

employee with United


the new culinary cart

is instructing food bank

Bank with a matching grant to purchase a portable





Hunger Programs Fundraising General/Administration

Grocery Stores, Distributors, Other Food Donations

Cash Food Purchases

Feeding America (via Feeding Tampa Bay)

US Census ACS 5-Year Survey 2015-2019)

Plant City

Hillsborough County

Per Capita Income $25,898 Per Capita Income $32,343

Feeding Our Future


Services Provided


Seffner 5,899



FY 2019-20

FY 2020-21

Volunteers in action

Feeding Our Future

Feeding Our Future program to provide food security

outcomes. The program works with nine local

schools and one community

college in East Hillsborough

County. Supplemental food is shared in weekly bags

Pet Hunger Program


a Pet Hunger Program for the

too many pet owners seeking to

meet their own food insecurity

while also requesting assistance

are inundated with abandoned

and her pet

animals during the pandemic

from households no longer able to care for (or simply

so more consistently by supplying emergency pet care


Thomas St.



to Gayle

Thank you to Sheriff Chad Chronister and the Hillsborough County

11th Annual Empty Bowls & 3rd Annual Run for Hunger

The Empty Bowls

to make a positive difference in his community. UFBPC added this fundraiser

community always looks forward to this annual opportunity to raise awareness about

the cause of hunger. Tickets to the event include choice

of a handcrafted ceramic bowl made by students in

The Fork

run for hunger that precedes Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls

Hillsborough County school

students paint bowls for the

Empty Bowls fundraising


Commendation from

Our Commissioners

Gleaning Partnership

Pandemic Response

Hillsborough County

Board of County


pandemic response


came a new resource for United Food Bank through

This federal program helps supplement the diets

supplying them with emergency food assistance at

each state receives is based on unemployment and

Terrance Green with

gleaned vegetables

United Food Bank forged a new

The food bank has participated in two gleaning

fruits and vegetables after the growers have

giving to those most in need. UFBPC will coordinate

volunteer groups to glean on its behalf locally.

Born to migrant farm workers from

Mexico, Magali Garcia and her family

are recipients of UFBPC services. Magali

has now been employed with us for

almost two years. Graduating with an

Associate’s degree in the spring of 2021,

she began nursing school in the fall. She

is a valuable addition to UFBPC, being

extremely hardworking, reliable, and

always positive.

to lead a health

literacy class

Gayle Tindle of UFBPC formalized a

diaper program in 2020. Diapers

and other baby items come from

community members, Publix, RMS,

and the Children’s Home. An average

of 88 diaper packs a month have been

given out so far in 2021. An adequate

number of diapers and

changes prevents rashes

and infections, and also

prevents parents from

having to miss work if they

lack the required amount

of diapers for childcare.


Upcoming Food Bank Events

Saturday, 11.13.21

• Empty Bowls

Saturday, 2.5.22

United Food Bank and Services of Plant City, Inc.

Providing a Hand Up and Not a Hand Out



Chair’s Report

Board of Directors

Earl Biggs

Bruce Rodwell

Bruce Sperry

Beth Tancredo


too great to face on their own.

being fed nutritious meals unless they were in

food bank as part of the Feeding Our Future

Program—each week of the summer—to the

doorsteps of vulnerable children and families in

our community.

City Chamber of Commerce (four terms ending in

Bealsville Eagles Youth Football and Cheerleading

for Bealsville and a creator of the local database

up Brandon as part of our service area in the last

completed by a local architect to point us toward

would like to see a green building design to add

and help those in need.

William Thomas, Sr.

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