A partnership between Citizinvestor, Feeding America Tampa Bay and Hillsborough County Public Schools allows the community to fund meals for at-risk children in Tampa.
The effort is the first community-wide initiative for Citizinvestor
, a Tampa-based crowdfunding platform that allows citizens to fund municipal projects. The platform puts decision-making in the hands of the community by allowing them to provide funding for the efforts they deem most worthwhile, with the added benefit of being able to directly see where their dollars are spent.
With the title “Weekend Food Backpacks for Kids
,” the $10,800 target goal will provide 12,000 meals over the school year to students in need at Oak Park Elementary School
in Tampa. 99 percent of the school’s students qualify for the county’s Free and Reduced lunch program. The students receive free breakfasts and lunches during the school week, but often go home to empty pantries on the weekends. These children are at risk for decreased educational performance, health problems and behavior issues.
"Success would be getting this funding as quickly as possible so Feeding America can pay for the meals that these children need in our community," says Jordan Raynor, co-founder and partnerships director for Citizinvestor.
The concept of crowdfunding is new to Feeding America Tampa Bay
, but it seems like a logical fit because of Citizinvestor's knowledge of what the local community likes to support.
Citizinvestor recently celebrated its first anniversary, having funded 70 percent of its projects during this time. The startup’s success led to their recent opening of 550 square feet of office space in downtown Tampa. They will also be hiring a full-time Developer and Project Marketing Associate.
Writer: Megan Hendricks
Source: Jorday Raynor, Citizinvestor