Hillsborough County – Hillsborough County Expands Support for Food Assistance Programs with U.S. Bailout Funding

Post April 20, 2022 | 4:57 p.m.

County Board of Commissioners adds another $5 million to nonprofit food assistance programs

Hillsborough County, Florida (April 20, 2022) – The Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday to expand county support for nonprofit food assistance programs with an additional $5 million. This is the second $5 million allocation from the US federal bailout to address food insecurity in Hillsborough County.

The population of county residents facing food access difficulties is estimated to have increased from approximately 180,000 to 260,000 over the past two years. The racial disparity in food insecurity remains as numbers have increased during the pandemic. Focusing on food insecurity with U.S. bailout funding helps achieve the law’s goal of an equitable recovery by reaching out to the community’s most vulnerable and underserved residents.

The county will continue to partner with existing food vendors to provide meals in the community. These partners include Feeding Tampa Bay, Metropolitan Ministries, East Tampa Business and Civic Association, and United Food Bank & Services of Plant City.

About the Hillsborough County U.S. Bailout Investment Plan
The Hillsborough County U.S. Bailout Investment Plan, approved by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on September 1, 2021, provides a framework for investing the $285 million in federal fiscal stimulus funds in the County. state and local coronavirus in the community. The funding will support vital projects throughout the county related to water, sewer and broadband infrastructure; public health response; negative economic impacts; and revenue replacement for some government services. Hillsborough County-funded projects must adhere to guidelines established by the federal government while meeting the county’s unique community needs and reflecting the collective values ​​of the BOCC in meeting the needs of residents. The non-profit food aid program is one of the programs funded under this plan by the BOCC.

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