Quarterback Jameis Winston spent his off day in the Tampa Bay community distributing food and gift cards to over 400 families affected by power outages and subsequent food loss after Hurricane Irma.
"Tampa is home and I want to let my community know that we can overcome anything", said Winston. "The gift of giving is the greatest gift and I want to take advantage of the opportunity that I have to serve others."
In conjunction with Feeding Tampa Bay and the non-profit Corporation to Develop Communities, Winston serviced families in the midst of rebuilding after the storm. Each family received 35 pounds of food and Winston could be seen doing it all. From registration to loading bags and replenishing beverages, Tampa Bay's quarterback was an essential part of today's mobile food pantry.
"Jameis really wanted to be there for the community and he offered to donate $25 for each family to make sure they received a gift card to Publix." said Ernest Comey, CEO of Corporation to Develop Communities. "Having him here and his dynamic presence is such a great calming force."
Today's event is another example of individual player's personal outreach with Hurricane Irma relief efforts and the Bucs for a Better Bay initiative. Bucs for a Better Bay is the team's far-reaching commitment to making Tampa Bay better today and for generations to come.
"It's just not me." said Winston "Our team is making a legitimate effort and we are still not done."