Give & Grub Food Truck Update

File video of food truck launch on Oct. 3, 2014  with LSI’s Dotty Bollinger and Tampa Bay Lightning’s Jeff Vinik at Amalie Arena.  Sticking it to hunger, it’s food with a purpose.

The Give & Grub Food Truck got a big send-off on Oct. 3, 2014 at Amalie Arena in Tampa. For every meal sold by the truck and for each use of #GiveAndGrub on social media, the  Laser Spine Institute, a regional surgical and health company, pledged to donate a meal to a local child in need in the Tampa Bay area.  The company announced on March 3, 2015 it has donated more than 25,000  meals, so far, through the food truck program.

The Give & Grub food truck program is aimed at reducing hunger for families in need in the Tampa Bay area. The food truck program’s partners are the Tampa Bay Lightning, Laser Spine Institute, Feeding America Tampa Bay and Metropolitan Ministries.

“We are overwhelmed by the support from our partners and the entire community in helping the Give & Grub food truck reach this milestone,” said Dotty Bollinger, President and Chief Operating Officer, Laser Spine Institute. “But we still have work to do. Hunger remains a serious problem, affecting hundreds of thousands of families in the Tampa Bay area.”

During last October’s launch of the Give & Grub Food Truck, Laser Spine Institute pledged to donate 150,000 meals to local children in need over the next 12 months.  Feeding America Tampa Bay estimates there are 700,000 people in the area struggling with hunger.  Some 250,000 are children.

“ Through the company’s efforts, thousands of Tampa Bay children have meals on the weekend, a time when far too often they don’t eat. Laser Spine Institute’s commitment to the cause of childhood hunger will change the lives of many and we cannot fully express our gratitude for their partnership,” said Thomas Mantz, Executive Director, Feeding America Tampa Bay.

Hungry children at Cleveland Elementary, the MOSI Partnership School in Hillsborough County and Woodlawn Elementary and Nina Harris School in Pinellas County and  children from Metropolitan Ministries benefit from the food truck meals, too.

Laser Spine Institute also has monthly events with the Give & Grub food truck at local Boys & Girls Clubs. Children at these events receive a meal secured through Metropolitan Ministries and a backpack of five meals for the weekend. These events also include appearances by Lightning hockey players, Ben Bishop and Anton Stralman.

The Give & Grub food truck makes lunch-time stops at regional office parks and corporate centers throughout the Tampa area. It also in Amalie Arena’s Thunder Alley before Thursday and Saturday Lightning games and at the Laser Spine Institute, 3001 N. Rocky Point Drive East from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. The food truck also stops at select community events and festivals.

For more information on the Give & Grub food truck and dates, times and locations of where the truck is headed next, visit http://www.giveandgrub.com. or contact Carli Saldsman at carli.saldsman@edelman.com

Source: Laser Spine Institute Press Release

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