Hillsborough County, Florida – In a sign of how inflation is affecting the area, the Hillsborough County school district will vote today on whether to partner with Clerk’s Table, a food bank program offered by Tampa Bay Feed It is managed by the Hillsborough Circle Clerk’s Office.
The agreement will allow school district employees to volunteer with the food bank, as well as request food assistance, if necessary.
What you need to know
- Hillsborough schools will vote today on whether to partner with Clerk’s Table
- Clerk’s Table is a food bank program offered by Feeding Tampa Bay
- The agreement will allow school district employees to volunteer with the food bank, as well as request food assistance, if necessary
- Tampa Bay Feed
Circle clerk Cindy Stewart says Clerk’s Table began as a convenient way for Clerk’s Office employees to get food during the workday, provide trips to the store and provide assistance to those workers who may have incurred unexpected expenses.
“The partners they work for and the government agencies they work for are for care, and we care about the situation they are in,” Stewart said. “And sometimes we can’t provide the money, but we can provide the service, and that’s a service we can provide.”
Clerk’s office recently reached out to the City of Tampa, the offices of the District Attorney and District Attorney, court partners, and now, Hillsborough School District.
Stewart says employees, even those who earn between $17 and $18 an hour, may struggle with food insecurity due to rent increases, unexpected house expenses, doctor’s appointments, or even flat tires.
Inflation locally is 12-13%, Stewart says, and Clerk’s Table, “…gives them the opportunity, if their employees need help with our inventory, since we have space and it’s already open, they’re welcome to come in and get access to that for their employees.” .
Hillsborough County School Board will vote on the partnership at its meeting today.