Where Hurricane Irma victims can find food and water in the Tampa Bay area

Source: Polk County Government.

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (WFLA) — Several counties and communities in the Tampa Bay area are lending a helping hand to victims of Hurricane Irma by providing food and water.

Hillsborough County:

The county has three points of distribution set up for residents to get water, nonperishable food and meals that can be made quickly. They will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

  • Al Lopez Park — 4810 N. Himes Avenue in Tampa
  • Church of God Wimauma Convention Center — 5408 State Road 674 in Wimauma
  • University of South Florida Lot 18 T — USF Sycamore Drive at USF Elm Drive

Pinellas County: 

Several cooling station locations have been opened throughout the county for people without power to sit and cool off.

Polk County:

Several points of distribution have been set up throughout the county. Residents can get two cases of water and one case of “Meal Ready-to-Eat” per visit.

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

  • Davenport: Market Square Park – 17/92 & Market Street
  • Dundee: Community Center – 603 Lake Marie Drive
  • Fort Meade: Fort Meade Park – 1205 NE Ninth Street
  • Frostproof: First Baptist Church – 96 West B. Street
  • Haines City: Lake Eva Aquatic Center – 220 Third Street South
  • Lakeland: Victory Church – 1401 Griffin Road
  • Lake Wales: 1750 Longleaf Boulevard

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

  • Mulberry: Civic Center – 901 NE Fifth Street
  • Poinciana: Community Center – 395 S. Marigold

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

  • Polk City: 124 E Palmetto Lane

Sarasota County

Sarasota County has set up comfort stations where people can recharge in an air-conditioned location with water and cell phone charging.

  • Community Presbyterian Church – 4015 S. McCall Road in Englewood (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 16)
  • George Mullen Center – 1602 Kramer Way in North Port (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 16-17)
  • SCAT Bus – Englewood Road and Whispering Pines intersection in Englewood (11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sept. 16-17)
  • Longboat Key Town Hall – 501 Bay Isles Road (9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 16-22)
  • Unity of Sarasota – 3023 Proctor Road (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18 – 21)
  • Church of the Palms – 3224 Bee Ridge Road (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18-22)
  • Grace United Methodist Church – 400 Field Avenue E (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 18-22)
  • Englewood Chamber of Commerce – 601 S. Indiana Avenue (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18-22)


Winn-Dixie is handing out free water and ice at three locations this weekend.

  • 2139 34th North in St. Petersburg (Saturday at 11 a.m.)
  • 805 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Tampa (Saturday at 10 a.m.)
  • 9535 E. Fowler Ave., Thonotosassa (Saturday at 10 a.m.)

If you know of any other distribution centers providing food or water to Irma victims, let us know!

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