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Families in need can register for holiday assistance beginning Monday

Posted on October 17, 2016

TAMPA, Fla. - Hunger and poverty is a sad reality for many families in the Tampa Bay area. Thousands of families are simply unable to put food on the table for their children.

With the holidays fast approaching, Metropolitan Ministries is providing a hand to those in need. Starting on Monday morning, people can sign up for help for the holidays.

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Turning the Tables

Posted on October 1, 2016

Homeless programs turn to the culinary arts to train clients for jobs.

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Huffington Post: This Charity Is Handing Out Zika Prevention Kits To Homeless

Posted on June 29, 2016

One nonprofit is making sure some of the most vulnerable members of the community are protected from the Zika virus. On Monday, Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa, Florida began giving out about 150 Zika-prevention kits to homeless individuals.

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Tampa Homeless Given Zika Kits

Posted on June 27, 2016

Metropolitan Ministries is handing out to homeless people 150 Zika kits, which include insect repellent, mosquito nets to keep them away and tablets to kill larvae in standing water.

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Daytime Features Inside the Box

Posted on June 2, 2016

For those who want to grab some good food before a flight and do a little good in the process, that option is now available to them at Tampa International Airport.

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Ashley HomeStore Donates More Than 450 Mattresses

Posted on May 30, 2016

Ashley HomeStore reports that it has donated and delivered 451 mattresses to three non-profit organizations that serve children in foster care and families transitioning from homelessness. Metropolitan Ministries is included in that group of non-profits.

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Metropolitan Ministries' Newest Partnership Takes off at Tampa International Airport

Posted on May 26, 2016

Metropolitan Ministries announced Wednesday that it's expanding its food service training program to offer more products at Tampa International Airport.

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Metro Ministries Culinary Jobs Program Partners with TIA

Posted on May 25, 2016

Metropolitan Ministries' Inside the Box just signed a deal to supply grab-and-go options at news stands throughout Tampa International Airport. The menu will offer healthy, simple wrap and sandwiches, snacks, and kid-friendly fare.

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Pastor Hopes to Adopt Homeless Family's Young Boys

Posted on March 30, 2016

Metropolitan Ministries Pasco Chef Mark Purcell discovered a homeless family on campus one cold night. That encounter triggered a series of events that led to a local pastor and his wife seeking to adopt the children that were there that night. 

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Hometown Heroes: Disabled Volunteers Dedicated to Giving Back

Posted on March 25, 2016

This group doesn't miss a beat, showing up in the kitchen every day to serve the residents and employees at Metropolitan Ministries.

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Homeless Teens Learn Job Skills in Employment Boot Camp

Posted on March 16, 2016

The Kforce team spent hours with teenagers at Metropolitan Ministries this week. They taught the children, between 15 to 20 total, how to do resumes, cover letters and answer questions in a job interview setting in their Employment Boot Camp.

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Shoe Giver of Tampa Provides Shoes for Gasparilla Distance Classic Runners

Posted on February 16, 2016

Something as simple as lacing up running shoes may be difficult for some. At just 10 years old, Jacob Rice asked the local Corporation to Develop Communities what they needed most. The answer was simple: shoes.

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Metropolitan Ministries Culinary Program Helps Aspiring Cooks Get Jobs

Posted on December 22, 2015

News Channel 8 (WFLA) takes a look at our Inside the Box Cafe and the education culinary students are receiving that is helping them land jobs at some of Tampa's premiere restaurants.  

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Homeless Family Finds New Hope for the Holidays in Pasco

Posted on December 22, 2015

Metropolitan Ministries resident fills one of the first spots in new facility after a chance encounter.

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Wellcare Employees Wrap Gifts for Metropolitan Ministries

Posted on December 20, 2015

More than 2,000 gifts, including toys, clothing and shoes are heading to Metropolitan Ministries. Employees of Wellcare spent Saturday wrapping those gifts, which will be delivered to children living at Metropolitan Ministries on Christmas day.  

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Family Photos Bring Joy to Homeless

Posted on December 19, 2015

Renowned photographer Pepito Valdes spends every Christmas at Metropolitan Ministries taking family portraits of those who live on campus. 

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Grinch Steals Gifts from Charity in Pasco

Posted on December 17, 2015

Thieves took a trailer full of $4,500 worth of toys and food from Keystone Community Church in Lutz. Those donations were slated to go to Metropolitan Ministries in an effort to provide gifts to children this holiday season. 

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USF Football Volunteers at Metropolitan Ministries

Posted on December 16, 2015

Members of the USF Bulls football team took a break from bowl game preparations to volunteer at the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent. 

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Volunteering with your Kids

Posted on December 12, 2015

The holidays are here and as your kids gather all of their new toys and fill their toy boxes and closets, it is also a great time to teach your kids to give back. Volunteering with the family not only helps to better the community, but also can give your kids the confidence to want to volunteer more as they get older.

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Holiday Hopes – Family Shares Their Story to Help Others

Posted on December 4, 2015

Tampa Bay Times story on Michelle and Gilberto Santana, profiling their lives at Metropolitan Ministries. 

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