Tampa students help organize run to raise money for Meals on Wheels

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Dozens of people hit the pavement Saturday to support Meals on Wheels of Tampa.

Meals On Wheels has served homebound individuals and seniors in Tampa since 1975.

On Saturday the charity held a 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run Music Fest. The music festival is an annual event, but this is the first year of the run and walk. It was thought up by a high school leadership board.

Organizers tell us the teens saw how some of the homebound patients were unprepared during Hurricane Irma, and wanted to help.

“It took many months of planning, meetings, conference calls,” said Karina Barcenas, a member of the high school leadership board.

“They are raising this money to be able to provide a flashlight and radio to all 850 seniors and disabled neighbors that we serve,” said Meals on Wheels of Tampa Director of Programs and Partners Lauren Vance.

“It feels great because now you know when the hurricane comes they have something and are now prepared,” said Bo Blair, a member of the high school leadership board.

More than 200 people signed up for the run/walk hosted at Tampa Prep Saturday.

You can learn more about Meals on Wheels of Tampa on the organization’s website.

WFLA.com 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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s