Hockey Season Starts With Hope For Hungry Families
Tampa Bay Lightning, The Mosaic Company Team Up to Check Hunger with Feeding
America Tampa Bay and Other Local Food Bank Partners
TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 26, 2013
TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In Central Florida alone, there
are 700,000 people struggling with hunger, and 250,000 are children. In a
collective effort to check hunger in the area, the Tampa Bay Lightning
announced today a new partnership initiative with The Mosaic Company.
Benefiting Feeding America Tampa Bay and other local food bank partners, the
Goals for Food initiative will connect the success of the Lightning team to
feeding hungry families across the region.
During a press conference held at the FATB warehouse, representatives from the
Lightning, Mosaic and local hunger-relief organizations explained the details
of the Goals for Food initiative. For every goal scored by the Lightning
during home games, Mosaic will donate $500 and for every hat trick scored,
Mosaic will donate $5,000 to Feeding America Tampa Bay and other regional food
bank partners. These include Meals on Wheels of Tampa, the Florida Association
of Food Banks and the Harry Chapin Food Bank in Fort Myers, the Hardee Help
Center in Wauchula, ECHO in Brandon, All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota, Meals
on Wheels PLUS of Manatee and Our Daily Bread in Bradenton, VISTE in Lakeland,
the Mulberry Community Center in Mulberry, and Cutting Edge Ministries in
"This new partnership with Mosaic directly aligns with one of our most
important business goals: to collaborate with other highly community-minded
businesses that can make a difference for the people of Tampa Bay and West
Central Florida," said Jeff Vinik, chairman of the Tampa Bay Lightning. "It's
inspiring to be part of an effort like 'Goals for Food' that will take
advantage of our team's success on the ice to serve such a critical need in
our community off the ice."
The incentive-based initiative is expected to provide thousands of meals and
resources for families in need.
"As Mosaic works to help grow the food the world needs, valuable partnerships
such as Goals for Food with the Lightning ensure that essential food reaches
the tables of those in need," said Karen Swager, Mosaic Vice President,
Phosphate Mining Operations. "Ending hunger truly requires teamwork, and we
are extremely proud to work with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Feeding America
Tampa Bay and local food banks to make a difference in the communities where
we live and work."
Mosaic highlighted its focus on developing innovative partnerships that fight
hunger locally as well as strengthen global food security.
The Feeding America warehouse provided a powerful setting for the
announcement. Amidst hundreds of thousands of pounds of food that will feed
hungry families in the area, FATB Executive Director Thomas Mantz, shared his
thoughts on the Goals for Food initiative.
"Localized hunger is often hard to imagine, and many people take the simple
act of eating a meal for granted," said Mantz. "Through the support of
organizations like the Lightning and Mosaic, we are able to help the one in
six people in Central Florida who don't know where or when they will get their
Throughout the announcement, a consistent message from all involved was that
everyone can help fight hunger. For example, a $1 donation can provide seven
full meals. People interested in making a donation or learning more about
hunger-related issues in the Tampa Bay area can visit the Feeding America
Tampa Bay website.
About The Mosaic Company
The Mosaic Company is the world's largest combined producer and marketer of
concentrated phosphate and potash, two essential crop nutrients. Driven by its
mission to help the world grow the food it needs, Mosaic is committed to
strengthening global food security and protecting critical water resources.
The Mosaic Company and The Mosaic Company Foundation make investments in and
partner with best-of-class leaders in the focus areas of food, water and local
community investments. More information about Mosaic is available at
Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, LLC
The 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning and the leasehold rights to
the Tampa Bay Times Forum were purchased by an entity controlled by Jeffrey
Vinik in March, 2010. Shortly thereafter, Vinik also purchased the Tampa Bay
Storm of the Arena Football League. Since acquiring these assets, Vinik has
spearheaded a complete brand and business transformation of the teams and the
arena under the banner of Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, LLC. The
organization's "Lightning Community Heroes" and "C.H.A.R.G.E." (Contributing
Hours Across our Region through our Generous Employees) programs have become
symbols of a community-first business approach.
About Feeding America Tampa Bay
Feeding America Tampa Bay makes a difference in the lives of thousands of
people each week through its distribution to a partnership network of more
than 600 faith-based and other non-profit hunger relief organizations.
Receiving surplus food donations from growers, manufacturers, supermarkets and
community food drives, Feeding America Tampa Bay supplied more than 35 million
pounds of food to its 10-county service area in the past year - enough to
provide more than 2 million meals every month to those who would otherwise go
hungry. Feeding America Tampa Bay isa member of the national Feeding America
network. www.feedingamericatampabay.org …because no one should go hungry
SOURCE The Mosaic Company
Contact: Martha Monfried, The Mosaic Company, 813-500-6690,
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