Yesterday the virtual food drive for Feeding Tampa Bay, which is helping those in need during the COVID-19 crisis, reached its $400,000 fundraising goal, which is the equivalent of 4 million meals.
The Rays Baseball Foundation and Rowdies Soccer Fund kicked off the campaign with a $100,000 donation, which facilitated 2.5 million meals, and continued by matching donations for the next $150,000 to reach the team’s goal.
Fans are still encouraged to join the campaign by purchasing essential food items or making a monetary donation at website donate.feedingtampabay.org/teamingup
Currently, the Rays organization’s drive has raised $411,100.
The Rays announced this milestone with a video of thanks from several Rays players, including 2B Brandon Lowe:
Four million meals.— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) April 24, 2020
From our guys, to you. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/DfkQbeGqic
With this campaign, Feeding Tampa Bay reached their own milestone of 500 million meals distributed in their organization’s history. They also offered their thanks via video:
Huge THANK YOU to the @RaysBaseball and @TampaBayRowdies for taking us home! ⚾️ Your fundraising match provides over 4 million meals for our community - pushing our meal count to over 500 million meals served throughout Tampa Bay since 1982! #StandwithFTB pic.twitter.com/BIZE0zm8fw— Feeding Tampa Bay (@FeedingTampaBay) April 24, 2020
Tropicana Field Mobile Pantry Remains Open
Every Saturday through May 16, Lot 4 of Tropicana Field (1st Ave S and 17th St) is being used as a drive-thru mobile pantry for Feeding Tampa Bay’s Pinellas clients, from 9 a.m.–noon. For details or updates to the schedule, visit feedingtampabay.org/mobile-pantries for information.