Home Runs for Food Hits $88,500 Mark for Feeding America Tampa Bay
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Home Runs for Food Hits $88,500 Mark for Feeding America Tampa Bay

October 14, 2011   |   ShareThis

Sample Pic The Mosaic Company is committed to investing in the communities in which it operates and conducts business and, to that end, has donated $88,500 to Feeding America Tampa Bay as an underpinning of its Home Runs for Food partnership with the Tampa Bay Rays in Tampa Bay, Fla.

The 2011 season may be over, but a legacy of the team’s performance will continue to positively impact Tampa Bay communities. Under the three-year commitment announced at the start of the 2010 season, Mosaic contributes $500 to the food bank for every home run hit by the Rays — Tampa Bay’s Major League Baseball team — during their regular season games. The 2011 season contribution brings the total generated for Feeding America in the first two years of the program to $170,500.

“Feeding America Tampa Bay is so thankful for this program, as the demand for food is only increasing. Mosaic’s support helps the food bank keep its trucks running, picking up and distributing food to those in need,” said Pat Rogers, Feeding America Tampa Bay’s executive director. “We are grateful to Mosaic and the Rays for teaming up to help us end hunger in our community. We want to especially thank the players, who hit more home runs than last year!”

In the Tampa Bay area, 600,000 community members struggle with hunger — 250,000 of whom are children. Feeding America Tampa Bay battles these numbers, distributing more than 1.5 million meals every month.

“Mosaic’s core mission is helping the world grow the food it needs, and Home Runs for Food is a natural extension of that mission,” said Bo Davis, senior vice president, Phosphates operations. “We are pleased that our support will help those in local communities who need it most.”

Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas, Mosaic Foundation Manager, and Christine Smith, Mosaic Community Relations Manager, present the 2011 Home Runs for Food check to Pat Rogers and Rob Greaves of Feeding America Tampa Bay during recent pre-game ceremonies at Tropicana Field.