Slated to open in 2024, Feeding Tampa Bay’s new 210,463-square-foot headquarters will allow the organization to serve as West Central Florida’s core supplier of food for over 1 million food-insecure families, the new facility is a key element of Feeding Tampa Bay’s mission to end hunger in the region by 2025.
“With over 1 million food insecure families across the region, it’s vital for Feeding Tampa Bay to operate at the highest level,” said Doug Dieck, President, Southeast region at Ryan Companies. “This project will allow the organization to produce more meals per day, store fresh food for longer, and educate the community on the importance of eating a balanced diet. Ryan Companies is proud to work alongside Feeding Tampa Bay to develop this new distribution facility so they can better serve the community.”
The distribution facility will act as Feeding Tampa Bay’s headquarters and primary distribution facility, containing over 41,000 square feet of cold storage warehouse space, an 11,000-square-foot full production kitchen, and offices as well as a mezzanine level. The kitchen is expected to produce up to 6,000 hot and cold meals per day and will serve as a classroom to teach culinary skills.
“Our new facility is the first step to reaching our goal to end hunger by 2025,” said Thomas Mantz, President and CEO of Feeding Tampa Bay. “More than a building, it will be the location that provides greater access to nutritious food and key support services improving the overall health and stability of those who need us. We’re thankful for partners like Ryan that have the know-how and expertise to transform our vision into reality and help propel our mission forward.”
Upon completion, the project will serve as West Central Florida’s supplier of food to over 1 million food-insecure families through various distribution programs, such as food pantries, Trinity Café, FRESHforce program, student food-assistance programs, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), FoodRX, disaster relief, and additional paths.
Ryan is also making a financial contribution to Feeding Tampa Bay to forward their goal of ending hunger in the Tampa Bay area by 2025. The company has donated to hundreds of charities across the U.S. in 2022 through grants, sponsorships, scholarships, team member donations, and corporate matches. Ryan supports regional and national nonprofit organizations including the American Red Cross, Alzheimer’s Association, and Habitat for Humanity.