Thieves make off with hundreds of pounds of live fish from Tampa food agency

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – The mission of Tampa Bay Harvest’s Sustainable Living Project is to feed the hungry in the bay area with fresh, locally grown food.

But during last week’s storms, hundreds of pounds of that food was stolen right from their property and now, the organization is left telling a fish tale few can believe. Sometime between July 24 and 26 thieves made off with more than 400 pounds of live fish being housed at the farm. That’s enough for 800 meals.

“The damage that Mother Nature did was as substantial as what the thieves did, unfortunately they happened simultaneously, so we got that double whammy,” said the farm’s executive director, Will Carey.

The farm, located just off West Sligh Avenue, is designed to bring fresh, locally sourced food to hungry people and now volunteers are left looking for solutions on fill the fish void.

“It hurts. Tying to help so many people and when somebody just comes in and wipes us out, it’s heartbreaking. Because I feel for the people that need it. There’s been times in my life that I’ve needed it. That’s why I volunteer. I know what it’s like,” said volunteer Carol Stoddard.

The organization has now set up a GoFundMe page to raise money and are already looking to their next crop.

“Farmers deal with these sorts of things. Urban farmers have a whole other set of problems,” said Carey. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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