The Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger (TBNEH) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with over 300 members who come together to tackle hunger in our tri-county service area – Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas. Members include academics, scientists, government agencies, churches, farms, meal providers, food banks and pantries, health care agencies, and more. Working together, rather than separately, there is a greater impact on the communities that are served.
The mission is to end hunger by bringing people together to find solutions that eliminate barriers, increase access, and expand the amount of nutritious food available to the food insecure population. TBNEH fosters collaboration among members by holding monthly meetings, having an annual conference, and ensuring that members have the most up-to-date information and resources, including the Hunger Map which shows food supply and demand in the networks tri-county area.
As a collective, the Network identifies and implements solutions to hunger. Some of their work team projects include DIY Garden2Go boxes that are ideal for growing vegetables and herbs in small spaces; healthy corner stores that provide access to nutritious foods in low-income communities; and an app that connects restaurants with local 501(c)(3) charities who distribute any excess foods to their clients; partnering with Food Banks to collect and recycle unusable food; and ensuring kids who rely on school meals during the school year also have meals during the summer. Membership is open to all.
Board of Directors
TBNEH Board Chair
Maggie Rogers is the TBNEH Chair and Director of Family Housing and all special projects at Catholic Charities over the five counties they cover: Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Citrus, and Hernando. She oversees all affordable housing developments, immigration department, refugees department, self-sufficiency programs, rental assistance, and homeless programs.
TBNEH Board Treasurer
Emery Ivery is the TBNEH Treasurer and Tampa Bay Area President for United Way Suncoast. He has nearly 30 years of experience working at United Way, including senior-level management positions in Tacoma, Wash., Orlando, Fla., and his hometown of Cleveland. Emery holds a master’s degree in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University.
TBNEH Board Past Chair
Deborah Lekenta is the TBNEH Immediate Past Chair and the Transportation Director for the Neighborly Care Network. She has worked at Neighborly Care Network since September 2010. Ms. Lekenta spent 20 years with FedEx Express, most of her career has been in upper management.
Project Coordinator of TBNEH
Ace Padian is the TBNEH Project Coordinator. She spent 14 years in the legal field, including seven as a litigator in San Francisco, where she
specialized in white collar criminal defense and employment law. Ace has a BA from Yale University and a JD from the University of
California, Hastings College of the Law. Ace has been with TBNEH for 2.5 years.
Executive Director of TBNEH
Caitlyn Peacock is the TBNEH Executive Director. After graduating from USF, Caitlyn began her career in AmeriCorps VISTA at Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa, FL. Now Network Manager at TBNEH, in addition to overseeing and managing member-led work teams and staff -led pilots, Caitlyn has helped create programs including Taste-it! and Garden2Go, an expansion of Healthy Corner Stores, and the development of a 15-acre healthy eating initiative in Hardee County.
Chief Operations Officer of TBNEH
Sandy Cooper is the TBNEH Chief Operations Officer. Retiring after 26 years at the University of South Florida, Sandy has joined the TBNEH staff as an Americorps VISTA – Volunteer in Service to America. With her background in building organizational capacity and professional development, she held various positions at USF, including Director of Talent Management and Assistant Dean of Continuing Education. Sandy holds a B.A. in English education and an M.A. and Ph.D. in communication with a focus on organization and leadership development.
Communications & Project Coordinator of TBNEH
Kelsey Litzenberger is the TBNEH Communications & Project Coordinator (AmeriCorps VISTA). She graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. degree focusing in Nutrition and Contemplative Studies. She found her passion for community service and hunger relief during her first year of AmeriCorps as a State/National member in Portland, Oregon.View Profile