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BE HOPE - Help break the record

Posted by Nancy Olds in Pasco, Hillsborough, Polk, Community Impact, Pinellas on October 14, 2014


Get Tampa Bay into the Records Book

Help break the Guinness Book of World Records - World’s Largest Food Drive! Join the "Food For A Million" Food Drive project in collecting 1 million pounds of food in 24 hours!

16 year old, Zachary Bonner is spearheading this community effort to collect 1 million pounds of food, to benefit Feeding America Tampa Bay, Metropolitan Ministries, and all the hungry in Tampa Bay and surrounding 10 counties: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Citrus, Sumter, Hardee, Highland, Manatee, and Hernando.

24 hours of collecting food starts: Noon Friday, Nov 7th through Noon Saturday, Nov 8th 2014

Where: Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent: 400 W Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602

You can BE HOPE by hosting a Food Drive, collecting non-perishables  foods (the rules states no glass containers, beverages or expired food), Donate Online, Volunteer that Day or Share on Social Media.


  • Canned beans
  • Canned Meat
  • Canned Fruits
  • Canned Vegetable, especially Yams
  • Gravy
  • Peanut Butter
  • Boxes of stuffing
  • Rice
  • Soup
  • Cereal

Zach Bonner said, "I believe we all have a chance to make difference when it comes to helping those in need. This food drive is one way everyone can get involved by donating canned food items and be a part of history while helping those who need it the most."

Hundreds of partners including Walmart, Winn-Dixie, Performance Foods and Publix, have already committed to donating food during the drive, but the effort will need help from the public in order to reach the 1 million pound goal.

“It’s a major undertaking,” said Tim Marks, president and CEO of Metropolitan Ministries. “Our 1 million pound goal equals about 24 semi-trucks full of food, and we can’t succeed without the support of our community.”

“The magnitude of this effort means a world record, but the quality of it means Tampa Bay is coming together to take care of our own,” said Thomas Mantz, executive director of Feeding America Tampa Bay. “A million meals means that more people – including moms, dads, kids, senior citizens, veterans and coworkers – would not have to go to bed hungry.”

The official weight tabulation will be done at the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent by Landmark Engineering and Surveying.



Come out and BE HOPE and let's get Tampa Bay on the map for the World Records for Largest Food Drive!


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