Rays and Rowdies allocate $1 million in financial support for Tampa Bay nonprofits

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Major teams in Tampa and St. Petersburg continue to provide major support for those in need in the region. The Glazer Family recently made a $100,000 contribution to St. Pete’s Fighting Chance Fund on behalf of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tom Brady, the Bucs new QB, also joined the massive All In Challenge. The Tampa Bay Rays have equally worked to support their home. Tropicana Stadium has been lit up in blue to show solidarity with the first responders, essential workers,  and healthcare providers working day and night to keep up all safe.

The Rays Baseball Foundation and Rowdies Soccer Fund recently announced that they’re donating 1 million meals, and matching up to 1.5 million additional meals with Feeding Tampa Bay. You can learn more and donate here.

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In addition to that contribution, the Rays and Rowdies have also create the COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. Organizations with 501(c)(3) status and a focus on hunger relief, shelter and/or health and wellness and that have been impacted by COVID-19 are eligible to apply.

Lot 4 of Tropicana Field (1st Ave S and 17th Street) will be used as a Feeding Tampa Bay drive-thru mobile pantry, each Saturday through the month of April. Those in need of food can come to lot 4 to pick up pre-packaged groceries, free of charge. For more information, including any updates to the distribution schedule, visit their website.

A mobile food pantry and Tropicana 

Additionally, the Rays and concessions partner, Levy, donated 20 pallets of food from Tropicana Field, Charlotte Sports Park and Al Lang Stadium, to Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa. The products donated included produce, meats, bakery items, dairy products and more, with a retail value of more than $175,000. Metropolitan Ministries cares for the homeless and those at-risk of becoming homeless in our community.

Learn more by visiting the Rays and Rowdies Foundation’s website.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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