ReedTMS Logistics kicked off its fall philanthropic push on Saturday, August 12th by volunteering at Feeding Tampa Bay.
Feeding Tampa Bay, part of the national Feeding America network, focuses on providing food to the more than 700,000 hungry in the 10-county area of West Central Florida.
You might be surprised to learn that Florida is fourth in the nation for family hunger. Or, that 60% of the population in West Central Florida is eligible for food stamps. Many at-risk students won’t eat at all between lunch on Friday and breakfast Monday morning. Although these facts may surprise you, they are hard realities for the one in six in our region who live with daily hunger.
According to the new Hunger in America 2014 study conducted nationally by Feeding America, you would be surprised to learn the characteristics of the 841,000 hungry people in the community served yearly by Feeding Tampa Bay.
Too often, we associate being hungry with negative stereotypes, such as being homeless or uneducated, when that couldn’t be further from the truth. The new Hunger in America data humanizes the hungry in our community by showing they’re largely families or seniors with homes. They truly are our neighbors, our friends, our fellow church members and our coworkers.
Employees at ReedTMS, helped package food into 20 different categories in order for the goods to be easily distributed throughout the community. When it was all said and done 9,823 meals were packaged for malnourished families in the Tampa Bay area on Saturday morning!
For More information about Feeding Tampa Bay and how you can get involved in the cause, please visit their website here.
Story By : Andy Patel
You’ve probably noticed a lot of photos of celebrities wearing red clown noses by now. It’s all part of a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty by simply having fun and making people laugh.
Why is it now gaining popularity?
Simply put Social media rules modern marketing schemes. NBC and Twitter have helped the day take off in the United States. It serves a two-fold purpose for NBC Brand networks. It adds an opportunity to raise awareness for the childhood poverty social campaign and also helps build NBC’s Brand. “Live events are really, really important to this company. And this is one of those times when you get to do something that is great entertainment but also really stands for something.” Said Paul Telegdy of NBC.
When did it start in the USA?
The inaugural Red Nose Day was held in the US on May 21st, 2015. People across the country came together to have fun and raise funds and awareness. The day’s events culminated in a three-hour entertainment TV special on NBC featuring the country’s favorite comedians, musicians and Hollywood stars.
How much money has it raised and where can I donate?
According to the Red Nose Day website, it’s raised more than £78 million (about $122 million at current exchange rates).
You can donate at : https://rednoseday.org/donate-splash
Outside of the hundreds of celebrities that you see online there are many large corporate companies that are involved. ReedTMS is one of many companies and charities that has taken up the cause to help raise awareness to end childhood poverty. The charities involved include Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Children’s Health Fund , Feeding America, the National Council of La Raza and the United Way are also involved.
Story By : Andy Patel at ReedTMS Logistics
ReedTMS Logistics, a leading provider of management and freight brokerage services, recently ran a office wide initiative to collect clothing, food, and hygienic goods to donate to underprivileged families and youth in the Hillsborough county area. The drive was called, Christmas In July and enabled staff members an outlet to donate and help locally.
Employees at ReedTMS, helped deliver the donations to the Good Samaritan Inn on Saturday,July 23rd. In addition to the donations, 85 dinners were served at the event to the local community.
‘It was an extremely humbling moment for myself to see just what these families and kids go through on a daily basis” said Charrish Sanchez, an Employee at ReedTMS Logistics. “I’m really proud of our company for continually taking the opportunity to help out the local community and look forward to being able to help the Good Samaritan Inn again.”
The Good Samaritan Inn, specializes in offering affordable beds, rooms, and suites to people within Tampa, Florida. Their goal is to help those who others pass by, through providing temporary emergency shelter.
For More information about the Good Samaritan Inn and the ability to get involved in the cause, please visit their website here.
Story By : Andy Patel