Stick A Fork In It

Stick A Fork In It

What is #StickAForkInIt? a show about the groundbreaking work being done in Tampa Bay and the influencers that elevate this top market to one of the most innovative and compassionate places to live, work and play. A 10-county region where hunger is addressed in a meaningful way, our neighbors are advocated for daily and our community’s most inspiring leaders align to lift our neighbors to a space of health and capability. Hosted by just a few of the dynamic team at Feeding Tampa Bay, we invite you to listen in and find out how you can join the movement and please follow us for updates on our work or leave us a message on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube all @FeedingTampaBay. Talk at you soon!

Episodes

May 4, 2022 53 min

Recorded on location at the WellBuilt Bikes shop in the University Mall, we talk philanthropy and philosophy with grassroots community organizer, Jon Dengler. He shares how a single conversation with a homeless neighbor led him to build an organization that works tirelessly to support people struggling with poverty and independence. From opening his home to the unhoused, to starting community gardens, to providing free bikes to cus...

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What if your child could get a dental check-up without having to leave school? And if your elderly neighbor could get food for free when their money is tight? And if someone could help you navigate confusing government programs online? Well at Gulfside Elementary, all of these things are made possible through the Community Partnership program they are a part of -- and the services offered are available to students, families, and an...

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It's become a tradition over the past 7 years for us to collect thousands of cereal boxes during the summer, to help feed children who normally depend on their schools for breakfast. And we have Kathryn Bursch and her team from local news station 10 Tampa Bay to thank for coming up with the idea and putting it into action. This year's collection is already underway, and Kathryn joins us on today's episode to tell you a ...

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We return to our two-part episode featuring our friend Ian Adair from the Gracepoint Foundation, and our conversation about mental health in times of crisis. In part one we focused on the ways that world events, and their inescapable presence on social media, can have a negative impact on our mental health -- as well as ways to combat that impact. But in part two, Ian helps us understand the importance of mental health in the workp...

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What can you do when there seems to be crisis all around you? Mental health guru Ian Adair joins us once again for a conversation about coping in healthy ways with the pandemic, a struggling economy, and now, a war between Ukraine and Russia that has the entire world on edge. He and Thomas Mantz, our Feeding Tampa Bay CEO, dive into the way that social media and news overload can affect us, our children, and our relationships with ...

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Lisa Unger has had a passion for writing stories since she was a girl, and for the past 20 years has put out one new novel each year. She joins us on today's episode to describe how we all have creativity within and how she finds her muse "in the quiet" for her character-driven stories, and what it's like to grow up with a career dream that people tell you is silly or unlikely. We're also joined by a special gue...

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Sometimes all it takes to start the spiral into inescapable poverty is a few unpaid parking tickets. When someone is already struggling with money, small legal fines can result in their license being taken away, and then they often can't earn any money at all. Sarah Couture, Florida Director of the Fines & Fees Justice Center, joins us on this episode to explain how her work seeks to erase these pitfalls from our legal syst...

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After a year of perfecting the recipe, we finally get to sit with LJ Govoni and Shannon Brooks to taste their delightful creation, "Hops for Hunger" -- a collaborative project that benefits Feeding Tampa Bay each time somebody buys one of the perfectly-named brews. Big Storm Brewing has been a staple for decades in the Tampa Bay region, and they truly are masters of their craft. On today's episode they walk us through t...

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George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida is like a second home to New York's own Yankees. Over the course of their 27 seasons here, some of the biggest names in baseball have trained right in our own backyard. And on today's episode we have the pleasure of reminiscing with Howard Grosswirth, the Yankees' Vice President of Corporate Sales, and a member of the Feeding Tampa Bay board of directors. He shares with us ...

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January 12, 2022 54 min

Behind all of the phenomenal work done every day by our food bank staff and volunteers are the members of the Feeding Tampa Bay board of directors, who guide and support our organization in the mission of ending hunger in our community. On today's episode we are joined by three of those board members, each with their own passionate story about why fighting hunger is important to them, and how their unique positions allow them t...

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December 29, 2021 78 min

Tens of thousands of volunteers grace our programs with their presence every single year, and make possible our mission of ending hunger in our community. On today's episode, meet 6 more magnificent humans who have worked side by side with us in recent years, and learn what drives them to keep returning to the front lines every single week. From serving up hot dishes at Trinity Cafe to assisting shoppers in our Publix Community...

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December 15, 2021 110 min

It's becoming a tradition to spend our last few episodes of the year getting to know the huge-hearted people who carry our mission on their backs. Our food bank is huge, and continuing to grow rapidly, and the people we have to thank for that success come from all over the world, with all kinds of stories and dreams, and they are the folks we'd like you to meet today. Learn how 6 amazing individuals work every day to end hu...

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Author, comedian, and Executive Director of the Gracepoint Foundation, Ian Adair has spent 25 years managing communications in the non-profit world. He uses humor and human connection to introduce people to the reality that everyone has mental health that needs attending to, and that no one is completely alone in their struggles, even if it feels that way sometimes. On today's episode, he shares the work done by Gracepoint to b...

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Accessible housing, tax assistance, early childhood education -- United Way guides people through some of the most difficult trials that life serves up, and many of us have no idea of the help they offer, all over the world. Kari Goetz of our local affiliate, United Way Suncoast, joins us on this episode and in her theater-honed style explains how so many people who work full time can still fall through the cracks of society. Tune ...

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November 3, 2021 44 min

Raising a family and growing a business on a resort overlooking the sandy shores of St. Pete Beach, MaryAnn Renfrow understands the importance of preserving the nature that guests and locals enjoy every day. That's why she joined the board of Tampa Bay Watch to help restore our waterways and teach the community about them. And when the beaches were empty last year, she dedicated her time and resources to standing with Feeding T...

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One of our main goals here at Feeding Tampa Bay is to tell the stories of the people we serve each day, and we couldn't make that happen without the help of our friends in broadcast media. Local news icons like Gayle Guyardo, who has been reporting and anchoring for over 25 years, help shine a light on the needs and good deeds in our community, and we are incredibly grateful to each and every one of them. Tune into today's ...

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For the past 7 years Brian Auld has been president of the Tampa Bay Rays, and during that time he has helped foster a culture of community involvement that sports fans everywhere can be proud of. Listen in to learn how he transitioned from teaching 4th grade students to helping the Rays clinch 2 straight AL East championships, and how important it is for the team to be more than just baseball players. We're proud to be partnere...

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Math and science aren't the only things kids should be learning in school, as today's guest on the show will tell you. A food pantry orchestrated by neighborhood schools is an excellent opportunity for children to learn about serving their community, and who the people in that community really are. Tune in to learn how a small church pantry doubled in size after it was passed along to the care of Buck Johnson and his crew o...

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August 23, 2021 28 min

In a year full of change-ups we've altered the formula of our annual Epic Chef event to be a pack even more excitement into a shorter run of shows. If you're not familiar, Epic Chef is our sponsor-supported competition between Tampa's top restaurants, hosted by The Epicurean Hotel in SoHo. This year over the course of three nights we invited the community to watch the head chefs of the top-rated eateries in our city go ...

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On a special edition of Stick a Fork in It, Congresswoman Kathy Castor is interviewed by her daughter Chrissy Lewis, who just completed a multi-department internship with our organization learning about what we do! Then we get to talk in-depth with Chrissy about her experiences interning with us, as well as her own plans on how best to serve our community in the future.

 

And stick around for WTFB to meet Ronkevious Smalls, our D...

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