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TAMPA - Metropolitan Ministries needs your donations so they can help more than 20,000 families during the 2014 holiday season.Read More
Tampa, Florida -- Food is a necessity and something many of us take for granted, but for thousands of Bay area families it's a luxury to receive a holiday meal.Read More
When it comes to hunger in America and Tampa Bay, there’s stereotype and then there’s reality.
The stereotype? Consider the lazy, luxury car driving welfare queen mooching off the government and others’ generosity.Read More
Hunger is a subject that Cliff Barsi knows well.
He’s the director of food services at Metropolitan Ministries, and affectionately called “Chef Cliff.” Under his direction, the nonprofit has opened two “Inside the Box” cafes in downtown Tampa and the Westshore area that benefit the ministry, and graduated 32 students from its culinary program.
Isela Suarez wanted to do something nice for people who didn't have as much as she did.
So what did she do? On her 11th birthday, she asked all her friends to bring her a Barbie doll.Read More
The inspirational Bonner, who founded his Little Red Wagon Foundation when he was still small enough to sit in a wagon, is now 16 and still on a mission to help homeless children and do good in the world.Read More
The challenges of teaching homeless children at Metropolitan Ministries are unlike educational obstacles anywhere else in Hillsborough County.Read More
Metropolitan Ministries prepares for holiday season.Read More
Tampa, Florida -- Metropolitan Ministries is already getting ready to help families for the holidays. It's Holiday Tent Registration opens Wednesday.Read More
TAMPA, Fla., June 23, 2014 – Let your appetite do the giving while you support local non-profit groups in Florida by dining at any of the seven Columbia locations in Florida during the entire month of September for lunch or dinner during the 17th Annual Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest program.
Metropolitan Ministries Opens Second Inside the Box Café on Westshore
Culinary Arts Program prepares homeless clients for a career path to culinary excellence
(Tampa, FL) When you enter Inside the Box Café in downtown Tampa or the recently opened location on Westshore Blvd., you are not only ordering a meal, but you are providing a meal to others who are homeless and hungry. Since the original opening in 2010--312,000 meals have been provided to Metropolitan Ministries clients and residents.
Metropolitan Ministries and Avison Young, the world’s fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm, announced “Inside the Box Café” will open its second location at Westshore Center, a class A office building located at 1715 N. Westshore Blvd in Tampa, Fla. The property, which recently underwent a nearly $1 million renovation project, has sought out high-end amenities to meet the tenants’ and area’s growing demand.
Every meal purchased provides a meal for a person in need through Metropolitan Ministries. Managed by former Metropolitan Ministries residents and staffed by interns who are current residents, Inside The Box Cafe is a success story and testament to the power of social entrepreneurship.
The first Inside the Box Café opened in 2010 at 505 N. Tampa Street and has 3 employees with seed funding by the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County
The second location celebrates its grand opening July 17 at 1715 North Westshore Blvd., Suite140 at 10:45 am and has 5 employees. The Inside the Box Culinary Arts Program sponsored by JP Morgan Chase Bank offers students a chance to qualify for apprenticeships, food-preparing jobs and eventually, with experience, executive chef positions.
Once homeless and unemployed the Metropolitan Ministries’ residents are the driving force behind Inside the Box. Graduates of the Uplift U® self-sufficiency program supervise the café while others support the catering division. The formerly homeless students are now fully employed and learning to live independently.
TAMPA - The national food stamp program will start seeing a cut in funding beginning November 1. According to a bay area charity, the consequences will be immediate. Tim Marks, the president of Metropolitan Ministries, said that for an average family of four, the cuts could mean 21 fewer meals a month.Read More
Miracle Place Wins National Community Development Award
TAMPA BAY, Fla., Oct. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Enhanced Capital Partners would like to congratulate Metropolitan Ministries' Miracle Place for winning a national community development award. The campus committed to supporting the needs of the local homeless population was recognized as one of two winners of the award for operating business of the year at the Novogradac & Company annual community development awards program.
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With the holidays quickly approaching, Metropolitan Ministries is gearing up for a rush of families in need of food and other essential services... and it's never too early to get into the spirit of giving.
Registration began Tuesday for the holiday distribution for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Families seeking food, toys and other services can register and receive what they need when the Holiday Tent opens in November.
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