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.