TAMPA (FOX 13) - If you're wondering what to do with your surplus of hurricane supplies, there are other options besides returning them to the grocery store.
Various Tampa Bay organizations are in need of donations for residents impacted by Hurricane Irma, especially non-perishable food and water.
For meal distribution and other services across the Bay Area, visit http://bit.ly/2x5bB8H
The following organizations are taking your donations, or if you need assistance, those details are provided as well. We will update this list as we receive more information:
Feeding Tampa Bay
All monetary donations will be matched. The organization said every $1 you donate can be turned into 20 meals for hurricane victims.
Canned, ready-to-eat items with pull tops (i.e. vegetables, fruit, etc)
Protein in pouches or pull top-cans (i.e. tuna, beef stew, chili, canned chicken)
Snacks (i.e. granola bars, breakfast bars, etc)
Cleaning supplies (i.e. mops, mop buckets, brooms, bleach wipes, bleach, garbage bags, bug spray)
Hillsborough County Food and Supply Collection Sites:
-Feeding Tampa Bay warehouse, 4702 Transport Drive, Building 6, in Tampa
-Be Infused, Inc., 2429 Roanoke Springs Dr. in Ruskin
-Dance Ferrentino Insurance and Financial, 11049 Countryway Blvd. in Tampa
-Nutrition Smart Carrollwood, 14847 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. in Tampa
-Synergy Florida, 3230 Parkside Center Cir. In Tampa
For a full list of collection sites in Tampa Bay, visit http://feedingtampabay.org/irma-relief-collection-sites/.
Requested supplies include: canned ready-to-eat items with pull tops (vegetables, fruit), protein in pouches or pull-top cans (tuna, beef stew, chili, canned chicken), snacks (granola bars, breakfast bars), peanut butter, toiletries, paper goods, diapers, and cleaning supplies (mops, mop buckets, brooms, bleach wipes, bleach, garbage bags, bug spray). Monetary donations are also being accepted, as every $1 donated to Feeding Tampa Bay creates 10 meals for people in need.
Seeds of Hope, Inc:
This charity is based out of Lithia, FL is accepting monetary donations online. Visit their EventBrite page to donate.
Anyone willing to sponsor a meal
Donation Collection Sites: This includes shelters
The Red Shield Lodge
1514 North Florida Avenue Tampa, FL
The organization is open to the public at both of its locations with food boxes, water, hygiene items and clothing. They are onsite in Tampa with a canteen truck and serving hot meals. The Tampa location does not have power at the moment.
Any leftover supplies
Donation Collection Sites: This includes meal distributions and shelter locations.
2301 North Tampa Street Tampa, FL
3214 U.S. Highway 19 North Holiday, FL
St. Vincent de Paul
The St. Vincent de Paul homeless shelter and food center is in need of non-perishable food and toiletries.
They're located at 401 15th St. North in St. Pete. Please visit www.svdpsp.org or call 727-432-0453 for more information.
Homeless Coalition in New Port Richey
The Homeless Coalition in New Port Richey is looking for donations of men and women's underwear, socks, tents and sleeping bags. They also urgently need soap, bug spray, and other hygiene products. There is a mobile shower unit available for anyone who needs to use it, along with coffee. They are located at 5652 Pine St. New Port Richey.
St. Petersburg Police Department
Donation stations are accepting emergency supplies and non-perishable goods until noon on Thursday, September 14:
Christ Gospel Church of St. Petersburg: 2512 22nd Avenue South
Greater Mt. Zion AME: 1045 16th Street South
Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church: 955 20th Street South
Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays will be hosting a Feeding Tampa Bay Food Drive, supported by First Class Moving, all weekend. Fans who donate unopened cans and non-perishable food items will receive a voucher for two complimentary tickets to a 2018 Rays home game (some exclusions apply).
Items of greatest need include: canned, ready-to-eat items with pull-tops (e.g. vegetables, fruit); protein in pouches or pull-top cans (e.g. tuna, beef stew, chili, canned chicken); snacks (e.g. protein bars, granola bars, etc.); peanut butter; toiletries, paper goods, diapers; and cleaning supplies (e.g. mops, mop buckets, brooms, bleach wipes, bleach, garbage bags, bug spray).
Donations can be dropped off to collection areas outside of Gate 1, inside Gate 1 and inside Gate 3. Rays Season Ticket Holders will also have a special collection area inside the Republic Bank Draft Room. Season Ticket Holders who donate in the Draft Room will receive Rays Rewards Points.