Relief groups quench Tampa food deserts left behind after Hurricane Irma

Posted at 6:34 PM, Sep 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-12 18:34:08-04

Hurricane Irma not only took down trees and took out power, but it also prevented entire communities from groceries, food and water.

People in Robles Park, a Tampa neighborhood of just over 400 families, almost all lost power Sunday during the storm.

"It has closed a lot of stores,” said Aniah Denmark, who lives in Robles Park. “We can’t get any food. You know, it’s like a struggle trying to get through, so I would just like to thank ya’ll."

She was thanking the people from Feeding Tampa Bay. The group, in conjunction with the Tampa Housing Authority and City of Tampa, dropped off 1,000, non-perishable food boxes and 6,000 bottles of water. Metropolitan Ministries was also providing help through their facilities in Tampa.

For more information on getting help after the storm, visit