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Pandemic Impacts Remain As Metropolitan Ministries Need For Volunteers Soars

TAMPA, Fla. — Volunteer numbers started sharply dropping off at Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa in April when the coronavirus pandemic hit. 

Metropolitan Ministiries officials said those number have not rebounded.  Instead, they have been sharply decreasing.

What You Need To Know

  • Number of volunteers at Metropolitan Ministries has decreased with pandemic
  • A high need for volunteers remains as Thanksgiving and Christmas approach
  • For more information on how you can help Tampa Bay families in need, visit 

Now, 125 volunteer shifts will go unfilled and there is urgent need by next week to help build food boxes at it’s off-site warehouse in Tampa.

About 1,500 food boxes have been distributed per week since April, for a total of around 40,000 boxes to families in need.

“The scope of need is unprecedented,” said Metropolitan Ministries President and CEO Time Marks.  “We’ve been so fortunate to have the communities’ support, and I have faith that we’ll rally together once again to meet this challenge.”

With the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays quickly approaching, Met Ministries officials said families will still be struggling, so the need for donations and volunteers will be even greater.

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