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NFL donates unused food from Super Bowl LV to families in need

4,393 lbs. of food donated to Feeding Tampa Bay
Posted at 5:56 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 17:56:34-05

TAMPA, Fla. — The Super Bowl is known for lots of food consumption. Though the big game is over, there is plenty of unused food at Raymond James Stadium.

The NFL is making sure left-over food from Raymond James Stadium and other Super Bowl events doesn’t get thrown away but will feed the hungry in Tampa Bay.

“We’re able to take that unused food that was unopened, unpackaged and we’re able to then put it into our community,” said Jayci Peters with Feeding Tampa Bay.

Feeding Tampa Bay received 4,393 pounds of food donated by the NFL Monday morning. It’s part of the NFL green initiative to be more sustainable and reduce food waste.

“Capturing food that would otherwise be wasted. It saves millions of dollars. It makes perfectly good sense, economically when we have a need that needs to be met,” Peters said.

The need this year is greater, with more people struggling to make ends meet in this pandemic.

“We see over a million families who are unable to feed their families, whether they lost jobs. Sources of income really collapsed. More than 70% have found themselves in a food line for the first time,” explained Peters.

The food donated Monday will be distributed to families at Feeding Tampa Bay’s drive-thru service and soup kitchens.