TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – There’s a good chance that someone you see every day is hungry.
In the Tampa Bay area, more than 700,000 people are food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal will come from.
That’s why on Monday June 17, the WFLA News Channel 8 team will come together to help feed Tampa Bay.
News Channel 8 is proud to be part of the Founder’s Day of Caring launched by our parent company, Nexstar TV, in recognition of the anniversary of the company.
“News Channel 8 is once again partnering with Feeding Tampa Bay for our Founder’s Day of Caring,” News Channel 8’s General Manager Skip Valet said. “Unfortunately, hunger continues to be a problem for thousands of local children and families. Our employees are excited to volunteer and help us live and prove our brand, ‘8 On Your Side.’”
Employees from all departments of News Channel 8 will spend up to four hours, paid for by the company, at Feeding Tampa Bay for a special day of volunteering.
Thousands of employees at Nexstar TV stations across the country will also be participating by collaborating with charities and organizations in their own local communities.
“The issue of hunger continues to effect the over 700,000 individuals in our community,” Feeding Tampa Bay’s Executive Director Thomas Mantz said. “Through action and partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay, News Channel 8 is taking a proactive step in alleviating the burden of food insecurity in Tampa Bay. With their help, we will be able to strengthen our community by ensuring the hard-working families and individuals we serve will have access to the food they need to live a healthy life.”
During the 2018 Founder’s Day of Caring, about 100 of News Channel 8’s station employees packaged more than 17,871 meals for the food insecure in the Tampa Bay community.