Hunger Awareness Event -- Who Can Pack a Food Box the Quickest?

August 27, 2012

Join members of Congress, representatives from national agriculture groups, local officials and members of the anti-hunger community for a packing event on Tuesday, August 28 to help raise awareness about hunger in our country and show who's the fastest packer.

The need for hunger awareness is especially critical at this time, with nearly 49 million people in the United States at risk of hunger, including 16 million children. That number include families struggling with unemployment, seniors stretching small fixed incomes, working parents and many who never expected to need a helping hand.

According to Map the Meal Gap, Feeding America's groundbreaking research report, hunger exists in every county in the United States. In the Tampa Bay area, for example, almost 700,000 people are at risk of hunger. The Feeding America Tampa Bay Food Bank helps to provide over 1 million meals a month to those in need in the area.


WHAT : Packing event competition (boxes with meals for kids in need in the area will be packed)

WHO: Lawmakers expected to appear include Sen. John Boozman (Arkansas); Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15); Rep. Sam Graves (MO-6); local officials; national representatives of business, agriculture and anti-hunger groups.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 28

10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

WHERE: Feeding America Tampa Bay Main Distribution Site, 4702 Transport Drive, Building 6, Tampa


Please contact one of our media representatives or call 800-771-2303

About Feeding America

Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 40 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Visit, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Feeding America Tampa Bay

Feeding America Tampa Bay makes a difference in the lives of thousands of people weekly through its distribution to a partnership network of more than 600 churches and other incorporated non-profit organizations. The Food Bank services 10 counties throughout west central Florida. Since the Food Bank was founded in 1982, it has distributed over 170 million pounds.