Over 50,000 families in Tampa Bay need your help!

Metropolitan Ministries has seen a 1000% increase in households who are food insecure since March.

With the pandemic escalating again, they are facing an even tougher holiday season than we imagined:

Projecting to serve 50,000 families Largest need ever due to COVID-19 hardships

We expect the holidays will be extremely difficult for families who have lost their jobs/businesses and struggle to stay afloat. Those who were already suffering in poverty and homelessness face even bigger challenges.

To help meet the need, iHeartRadio is partnering with Metropolitan Ministries for a massive virtual food drive – the Helping Hands Virtual Food Drive!

These are our neighbors. This is our community in crisis.

Thousands of families seek help and hope from Metropolitan Ministries all year long, and many would not have a Thanksgiving or a Christmas without our holiday assistance program.


What it takes

  • 12,000 volunteers
  • 60 semi-trailer truckloads of food = more than 1,000,000 pounds of food
  • 50,000 food boxes
  • 100,000 toys
  • 65 collaborative partners throughout Tampa Bay operating as a network of care
  • Massive grassroots community support
  • Now expanding to serve families in need in 6 counties: Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee, and Hernando

Needed Items*

  • Canned Yams, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Canned Fruit, Boxed Instant Potatoes, Turkeys, Hams, Beans, Rice, Gravy, Dessert Mixes, Peanut Butter, Canned Vegetables, Macaroni & Cheese, Packaged Cookies and Pastries. *Urgently Needed Items are in BOLD.

How to Help

  • Join us for this vital grassroots effort without even leaving your house.
  • Shop the online store or give online now through November 20 by visiting:


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