A special message from Tim Marks, president and CEO.

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Get Help

Drive-Through & Walk-Up: All locations have drive-through lanes that require a vehicle. If you do not have a vehicle, sign up at Pasco Holiday Tent or Tampa Holiday Bus & Walk-Ups.

Homebound: Households led by an adult with disability or illness with children (0-18yrs.)

Provided by Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger.

Metropolitan Ministries provides families in need with food for a full holiday meal at Thanksgiving and again at Christmas, along with toys for your children.

Subscribe here to receive email updates from the family support center. Download the Holiday Registration flyer here.

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Most-Needed Items

Frozen turkeys, hams, cereal, yams, soup, gift cards, teen girl and boy gifts for Christmas (age 13-17) are the most-needed items right now. Canned meats, canned vegetables, canned fruits, rice, pasta, canned or boxed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and dessert mixes are also in high demand.

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Hours & Locations

The Holiday Tent is open for donations and operate Mon.-Sat. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Tampa Holiday Tent
    2609 N Rome Ave, Tampa, FL 33607 (map).
  • West Pasco Holiday Tent at Metropolitan Ministries
    3214 US-19, Holiday, FL 34691 (map)
  • See the four additional donation drop-off locations here.
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Volunteering

This holiday season, join the Metropolitan Ministries team and provide a holiday experience that is out of reach for so many struggling families in the Tampa Bay area. We are looking for dedicated volunteers to take part in a unique leadership opportunity that you don’t want to miss!

Individual & Family Volunteering

Select Hillsborough County or Pasco County to register and sign up for holiday tent volunteer shifts. Use this online form to register for a group volunteering experience.

Holiday Volunteer Leaders

Holiday volunteer leaders serve in the Holiday Tent, using their skills to support staff and volunteer groups. With expanded operations and safety protocols, we need holiday volunteer leaders to help provide the same quality of service to thousands of families. Apply Here

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COVID-19 Precautions

We are following all CDC guidelines, which include many changes at our holiday tent and partner locations. All volunteers and guests are required to wear masks or face coverings and have their temperature checked. Clients and donors will remain in their vehicles. Handwashing for 20 seconds and additional protective measures will be in place for all volunteers and staff.

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Holiday Partners

Thanks to our 65 partners for their tremendous support as a network of care to make the holidays happen for at-risk and struggling families.

Special thanks to our holiday partner, the Bullard Family Foundation.