Kaye Prox Food Bank
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This spring, the food bank surveyed the families coming to us for aid. One hundred seventy families completed the survey. See the slide show at the end of the article.

The majority of the families live in Town ‘n Country, with the largest percentage from zip code 33615.

Family members who completed the survey ranged in age from 21 to 83. Around 5% were in their 20’s and 15% in their 70’s and 80’s. The rest were nearly evenly distributed in their 30’s, 40’s 50’s and 60’s.

Nearly fifty percent of the families who come to the food bank consist of two or three persons. Half of the rest are single individuals and half are families of four or more. Close to 60% of the families are childless. Most of the rest are families with one or two children. But lately we’ve noticed the number of families with three or more children is increasing.

We were interested in finding out how families hear about the food bank. We discovered far more families learn about the food bank from friends or neighbors than from churches or our website and Facebook page.

The answers to the survey question, “What are the main reason(s) you/your family come to the food bank for assistance?” confirmed the need is ongoing. Twenty percent responded they are elderly or on a fixed income and/or 15% said they have a medical condition. The results also suggest the economic improvement in the Bay Area has not reached our families. Thirty percent said they lost their job, do not have a job or work too few hours.

We wanted to learn how long families have been coming to the food bank. More than one-third of the families have been coming less than three months. Close to 30% have been coming between 3 and 6 months, 22% between 6 months and a year and 16% more than a year. These results match the reasons for seeking help. More than half the families coming more than a year are either elderly or with a medical condition—or both.

Finally, we asked the families to identify the best thing at the food bank. We found out the families overwhelmingly appreciated the kindness and helpfulness of our volunteers. And they stated both that they were treated with respect and they liked being able to select from a variety of foods.

The results of the survey both confirmed what we knew and generated suggestions. The food bank clearly provides a local resource for a range of families in need. Both the conditions bringing families to the food bank and their current economic situation suggest the need will continue or even grow.

It is a deeply held tenet of the food bank that we treat everyone coming to us with kindness and respect. We also strive to offer a range of food choices. We were gratified that the survey results validate our efforts.

The answers to the question of how families hear about us indicate that we could expand our efforts let those who need help know about the food bank. Members of local churches are encouraged to spread the word to families in need—especially to those who might not learn about the food bank from another source.

Here is a slide show with the results of our survey. To view the slide show, click on arrow at the bottom of the slide.To view the slide show in a full screen, click the little  on the bottom right corner of the slide show. When you are finished looking at the slide show, press the "escape" key on your computer and you will exit full screen mode.

 

 Welcome to Kaye Prox Food Bank                   "God's people helping God's people."

The Kaye Prox Food Bank, located in Town 'n Country in Tampa, Florida, is an all-volunteer ecumenical organization dedicated to providing emergency food to families in need and to the elderly and homeless in the community.


THE FOOD BANK IS NOW ON FACEBOOK

You can now follow the Kaye Prox Food Bank on Facebook. We'll be posting upcoming events as well as emergency needs.

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FREE PHYSICALS & IMMUNIZATIONS


The Back to School Coalition of Hillsborough County is offering free back-to-school physicals and immunizations at several locations and on several days. See this flyer for details.

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WHAT WE STILL NEED FOR OUR SCHOOL SUPPLY PROJECT


We are half way through collecting for our school supply project. Donations have been coming in nearly every day but we have a ways to go to be able to provide 250 backpacks to the children of our families. Here's what we still need the most:
  • Backpacks for teens
  • Composition notebooks, both college and wide rule
  • Filler paper, both college and wide rule
  • Highlighters, broad tip
  • Markers, broad tip, 10-pk
  • Pencil Pouches, zippered
  • Pocket folders
  • School Boxes, plastic
  • Scissors, elementary, both blunt and pointed tip
Donation boxes are located at the Kaye Prox Food Bank, the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, Incarnation Catholic Church, First Reformed Church of Tampa, and both of the Westchase Swim and Tennis Centers.

 
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SCHOOL SUPPLY BEST BUYS FOR JULY 20-26

A sampling of this week’s best buys for our school supply project.

Office Depot

  • Scholastic & Office Max Pourable Glue; 25¢; Limit 3
  • 2-Hole Manual Pencil Sharpeners; 25¢; Limit 3
  • Office Depot® Brand, 3-pk & OfficeMax® Brand, 5-pk Beveled Erasers; 25¢; Limit 3
  • Pencil Pouch with Mesh or Clear Window; $1

Staples

  • 2-Pocket Folders; 15¢
  • Crayola Broad Line Classic Markers 10/pk; 97¢
  • Crayola Assorted Colored Pencils 12/pk; 97¢
  • Staples 1 Subject Spiral Notebook, Wide-Ruled, 70-sh; 17¢ 
  • Staples Composition Books; College or Wide Rule; 50¢
  • Staples Filler Paper 120-sh; College or Wide Rule; 82¢

Target

  • Elmer’s Glue Sticks, 6-pk; 99¢;
  • up & up Colored Pencils, 12/pk; 99¢;

Walgreens

  • Wexford 3x5 Index Cards, 100-pk; 29¢; with Walgreens Rewards Card & coupon; Limit 4
  • Backpacks (reg $5), $2.99; with Walgreens Rewards Card; We need neutral colors for teens
  • Plastic Supplies Box; 69¢; with Walgreens Rewards Card
                   
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MARCO’S PIZZA STEPS UP - ORDER ANY DAY THROUGH AUGUST TO SUPPORT THE FOOD BANK

Recently we posted that Marco's Pizza in Westchase (9872 West Linebaugh Ave) was continuing their support for the food bank by donating a portion of purchases ordered by phone (813-920-5300) (813-920-5300) or in person any Monday or Tuesday in July and August. You just needed to mention  the Kaye Prox Food Bank when ordering.

Perhaps you wanted to participate and support the food bank but only eat pizza on the weekend or Wednesdays or... just not on Monday or Tuesday. Well, Marco's Pizza has stepped up! You can now order any day in July and August and they will donate a portion of your order to the food bank. No excuse now!

Thanks, Marco’s Pizza, for giving us a chance to enjoy your delicious food and support the food bank any day all summer long!

 

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SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED

It's time for the annual Kaye Prox Food Bank School Supply Drive. Last year we were able to give 250 children of the families we serve  fully stocked backpacks to start their school year. We hope to match that number this year so we have a big challenge.

Many grocery, office supply and "big box" stores  will have school supplies on sale so this is a great time to "spend a little" and provide a lot of help! Check back on our website or "like" us on Facebook to find out the best sales each week.