HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL. – The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners today approved up to $5 million in American Rescue Plan funding for a Feeding Tampa Bay project designed to increase resources for those experiencing food or economic challenges caused by COVID-19.
The board unanimously approved the funding as part of Hillsborough County’s American Rescue Plan Investment Plan.
The money will go toward Feeding Tampa Bay’s proposed 215,000-square-foot food bank and community outreach center, which will be built in Hillsborough County and serve residents throughout 10 West Central Florida counties.
The project will include a 140,000-square-foot food storage and distribution warehouse, a grocery store and restaurant, volunteer space, community room, kitchen, and space for Feeding Tampa Bay’s job training programs.
The project will increase the amount of food distributed and will increase space for job training programs fivefold. The organization offers job training in several categories, including commercial driver’s licenses, warehouse logistics, and culinary arts.