Proof that Tampa Bay is a strong, caring community

2020 was an incredible year at Metropolitan Ministries, thanks to you. Each one of these numbers is a person who needed help. One person who was scared, hungry, homeless, or hopeless…until YOU reached out and helped them. You make everything we do possible!


COVID-19 Emergency Response

  • 58,938 emergency food boxes (1,157% increase)
  • 2,861 families assisted $2.33 million paid directly to landlords/vendors (1,391% increase)
  • 244,000 individuals assisted (all outreach and prevention programs)

Alleviate Suffering

  • 2,736,539 meals served (43% increase)
  • 135,380 nights of safe shelter for children and their parents
  • 40,331 families received holiday assistance (57% increase)
    • 22,403 in Hillsborough
    • 8,413 in Pasco
    • 8,406 in Pinellas
  • 72,106 families helped through Family Support Center
  • 20,409 emergency motel vouchers provided

Promote Dignity

  • 235 adult residents employed
  • 327 families benefited from residential housing and programs with 86.4% successful exits
  • 1,651 children safe and secure in our programs and benefited from our services
  • 364 community-based families strengthened and stabilized through First Hug, a home visitation case management program for at-risk families (a Children’s Board of Hillsborough County program).

Instill self-sufficiency

  • 93.1% of families maintained stable housing
  • 98.4% of adults were employed and began earning an average wage of $12.01 at program completion
  • 98.5% of families have not returned to homelessness

Cost Savings

  • $8.4 million in savings from donated goods and services.
  • 13,892 volunteers gave 111,440 hours of time to help us do our work. This is a savings of $2.78 million. Amazing!