Marie Chinnici-Everitt of DTCC and Thomas Mantz of Feeding Tampa Bay cut the ribbon for DTCC Vault.
Demonstrating its long-standing commitment to support communities where its employees live and work, on February 12, DTCC announced a 4-year, $55,000 financial commitment to support Feeding Tampa Bay's (FTB) new Fresh Force job training program.
Across the United States, approximately 1 in 8 adults and 1 in 6 children are facing food insecurity – meaning they live in households without consistent access to adequate food. The FRESHForce program is intended to help address issues of food insecurity in the greater Tampa Bay region by enabling individuals to gain the skills and certifications needed to obtain sustainable employment.
As recognition for sponsorship of the FRESHForce program, FTB announced it will rename a portion of its warehouse the DTCC Vault. The Vault was unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and followed by DTCC employees volunteering their time to sort food in the warehouse.
"We are delighted to partner with Feeding Tampa Bay to help address food insecurity issues and bring greater stability to our neighbors across the Tampa Bay region," said Marie Chinnici-Everitt, DTCC Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer, who also is a member of the FTB Board of Directors. "This new partnership expands our relationship with FTB and will help so many individuals gain the necessary skills to improve their lives and gain longer-term self-sufficiency."
"As a new partner of Feeding Tampa Bay, DTCC has already shown unwavering commitment to the long-term growth and sustainability of the people we serve and our community as a whole," said Thomas Mantz, Executive Director of Feeding Tampa Bay. "The support to launch our FRESHforce Program and expand of our facility so that we can deliver more nutritious meals to our community as well as provide health education classes are all turning points for our mission of hunger relief."
Feeding Tampa Bay, part of the national Feeding America network, focuses on providing food to the hundreds of thousands of food-insecure families in the 10-county area of West Central Florida.
To learn more about Feeding Tampa Bay, please visit their website.