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New 'cost-free' grocery store Tampa Bay Harvest helping 1,200 local families a month

Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Tampa Bay Harvest
Posted at 2:16 PM, Jul 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-15 06:33:24-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Harriet loves Tampa Bay Harvest.

She’s currently out of work, so the new “cost-free” grocery store in Tampa allows her to shop for fresh produce, meats and breads just like she would at Publix.

Tampa Bay Harvest is one of the first of its kind in the country.

It doesn’t cost a cent. Anyone can shop here. No questions asked.

“It’s like you’re at a real grocery story,” says Harriet. “I love the people, too.”

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Pastors Sixto and Susan Ward are the guiding lights at Tampa Bay Harvest, which helps feed 1,200 families a month.

“We have to maintain dignity in people’s lives,” says Pastor Sixto. “This is a hand up, not a hand out.”

Tampa Bay Harvest is the result of dozens of volunteers and a network of donations that spreads across the state. Pastor Sixto aims to expand the idea to other states as well.

The store is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is located at 13149 N Dale Mabry Hwy (behind Fresh Market) in Tampa.

For more information, including volunteer and donation opportunities visit their website.