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Feeding Tampa Bay volunteer donates food, time despite own unemployment struggles

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Posted at 7:05 PM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 01:04:28-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Feeding Tampa Bay super volunteer Bonnie Carver donates food and time to people in need despite being unemployed.

Bonnie Carver lost her job as a social worker and caregiver when the pandemic hit.

Money was scarce. She relied on food pantries to eat. It was scary and it still is, as she remains unemployed.

And yet, through all this, she’s never stopped doing the one thing that makes her feel better about life and the world around her, which is helping others.

“I’m a helper. That’s my motivation,” says the St. Petersburg woman.

Her motto?

“It’s always a good time to help others,” she said.

When Carver had extra food left over from her own trips to the food pantry, she set up a free food outpost in her front yard.

Lately, she’s been helping the remarkable team at Feeding Tampa Bay deliver fresh produce and more to the food insecure in the area.

The nonprofit produced a small film about Carver to showcase her generosity.

Carver says she helps because she’s been there. She knows the fear and the struggle.

She survives by helping others survive.

“So many people are a few paychecks away from being homeless and hungry,” Carver says.

For volunteer opportunities at Feeding Tampa Bay: https://feedingtampabay.org/volunteer/

For food assistance: https://feedingtampabay.org/find-a-pantry/