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A mental health matters podcast for the residents of Bay County, Florida. How Ya Doing Bay County, is an initiative by Alignment Bay County, a 501c3 nonprofit collective impact organization. We’re focused on youth success from cradle to career and one way we do that is by supporting families and our community as a whole.Hurricane Michael in 2018 was a traumatic event for our community. After the hurricane and now with COVID-19, many of us have observed that both children and adults have stru ...
 
What is #StickAForkInIt? a show about the groundbreaking work being done in Tampa Bay and the influencers that elevate this top market to one of the most innovative and compassionate places to live, work and play. A 10-county region where hunger is addressed in a meaningful way, our neighbors are advocated for daily and our community’s most inspiring leaders align to lift our neighbors to a space of health and capability. Hosted by just a few of the dynamic team at Feeding Tampa Bay, we invi ...
 
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What does the study of Anthropology have to do with fighting hunger? Well, more than you'd think! Not only does studying human nature tell us tons about how people cope with hunger, it can also tell us how to combat it. On today's episode we sit with our longtime academic associate, Dr. David Himmelgreen, to talk about the ways that people all over…
 
As a former reporter with ABC Action News, Don Germaise made the decision not to really retire but instead to "hunker down" into a life dedicated to community service. In the Tampa Bay non-profit world, he is the definition of "Take Action". And that is the mantra during September, which is recognized every year as Hunger Action Month, when people …
 
Stacey Legg from Elevate Bay, along with long-time Elevate Bay Mentor, Dr. Scott Dean, join us to share about the great work being done for some of the most at-risk students in Bay County. They explain how this mentorship program works, how to get involved, and how mentoring impacts the wellbeing of the students served. If you are local to the Bay …
 
Tampa General Hospital believes, like we do, that food is medicine. But they also know that exercise and education are medicine, too, and they're committed to helping our neighbors access all of those things. Through their upcoming grassroots project, TampaWell, they will provide Tampa residents with a community garden and food pantry, as well as g…
 
No doubt you probably have some Vigo & Alessi food products in your own pantry right now. Well they're celebrating 75 years of being based in Tampa by teaming up with ABC Action News and Feeding Tampa Bay, to help Pack the Pantries of school children and their families in our community! Tune in to learn about Vigo's history from one of the family m…
 
2022 marks the SEVENTH year of our much-loved Epic Chef competition, where the top chefs in Tampa Bay face off in a contest of culinary creativity. Guests watch in person or online, enjoying delicious gourmet cuisine and crafted cocktails at the Epicurean Hotel, and on today's episode our guest is the hotel's General Manager, Shawn Routten! Tune in…
 
Kynia Gainer and Blair Bell from the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida (ELCNWF) join us to share about the mental health resources available through their organization. Servicing Bay, Washington, Jackson, Gulf, Franklin, Calhoun and Holmes counties, ELCNWF provides support to families with young children through screening and evaluation…
 
Trinity Cafe promises to feed all who need food, rain or shine, pandemic or peace, 365 days a year. And the meals are so much more than just basic sustenance. That's thanks in large part to our Executive Chef, Daniel Graves, who has worked everywhere from smalltime local kitchens to massive casino chains over the past 32 years. On this episode Chef…
 
Becoming a parent for the first time is scary, and the mountains of information we're expected to consume in preparation can be overwhelming. That's why Jake Edling, father of seven and acclaimed dad-expert, wrote "The New Daddy Experience" -- a succinct and grounded guide through the first few months of parenthood. Though it is primarily geared to…
 
Nikki Dickens, Director, and Dakota Januchowski, Clinical Coordinator, join us to share about the amazing Early Childhood Autism Program helping families in Bay County and the surrounding area. ECAP serves children with developmental delays or disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and intellectual disabili…
 
We all love our furry friends, and the last thing we want is to see them going hungry when we fall on hard times. That's why PetSmart Charities decided to team up with Feeding America, to make sure that pet owners didn't have to make difficult choices in trying to support themselves. Tune in to learn how PetSmart and Feeding Tampa Bay worked togeth…
 
Colleen Cox with Therapeutic Measures - Music Therapy, Ministry and Mentoring joins us to discuss her work in music therapy, which she defines as "the use of music to reach a non-musical objective," as well as the many ways music can enrich lives, heal trauma and support wellness. She also shares many resources, both local and online, that listener…
 
Recorded on location at the WellBuilt Bikes shop in the University Mall, we talk philanthropy and philosophy with grassroots community organizer, Jon Dengler. He shares how a single conversation with a homeless neighbor led him to build an organization that works tirelessly to support people struggling with poverty and independence. From opening hi…
 
Tina Ray and Allison Hausner with the Mobile Response Team (MRT) from the Life Management Center of NWFL join us to share how MRT responds to individuals in crisis and how intervention saves lives. Serving six counties locally, including Bay, Holmes, Washington, Jackson, Calhoun and Gulf counties, the MRT is available 24/7/365 for free to help thos…
 
What if your child could get a dental check-up without having to leave school? And if your elderly neighbor could get food for free when their money is tight? And if someone could help you navigate confusing government programs online? Well at Gulfside Elementary, all of these things are made possible through the Community Partnership program they …
 
Logan Kelly, with Live the Life Northwest Florida, joins us for another discussion about how to strengthen our relationships with healthy communication. Listen as Logan shares more tools and techniques to bring couples closer together, such as the "Daily Temperature Reading." Live the Life NWFL offers *FREE* relationship education classes and Logan…
 
It's become a tradition over the past 7 years for us to collect thousands of cereal boxes during the summer, to help feed children who normally depend on their schools for breakfast. And we have Kathryn Bursch and her team from local news station 10 Tampa Bay to thank for coming up with the idea and putting it into action. This year's collection is…
 
David Trogdon from the HOPE Project, along with Kevin and support dog, Loki, join us to discuss the use of equine therapy to bring hope and healing to wounded warriors, veterans, first responders, and their families. David highlights the many ways his organization provides support and community to people in our area, including chapel services, Batt…
 
We return to our two-part episode featuring our friend Ian Adair from the Gracepoint Foundation, and our conversation about mental health in times of crisis. In part one we focused on the ways that world events, and their inescapable presence on social media, can have a negative impact on our mental health -- as well as ways to combat that impact. …
 
What can you do when there seems to be crisis all around you? Mental health guru Ian Adair joins us once again for a conversation about coping in healthy ways with the pandemic, a struggling economy, and now, a war between Ukraine and Russia that has the entire world on edge. He and Thomas Mantz, our Feeding Tampa Bay CEO, dive into the way that so…
 
Chaplain Zachary Kuster of Craftsman Counseling joins us to share his perspective on counseling from a faith-based background. Zachary speaks about the stigma associated with seeking mental health services, especially within the church, and how Christians are not exempt from struggles with mental health. Zachary is not accepting new clients at this…
 
Lisa Unger has had a passion for writing stories since she was a girl, and for the past 20 years has put out one new novel each year. She joins us on today's episode to describe how we all have creativity within and how she finds her muse "in the quiet" for her character-driven stories, and what it's like to grow up with a career dream that people …
 
Therapists, Jessica Landon and Casi Knowles, share about Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT), a new therapy program available through the Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center. Jessica and Casi break this evidenced based therapy down for us, describing how it uses both child directed and parent directed play to build bonds and lower the inciden…
 
Sometimes all it takes to start the spiral into inescapable poverty is a few unpaid parking tickets. When someone is already struggling with money, small legal fines can result in their license being taken away, and then they often can't earn any money at all. Sarah Couture, Florida Director of the Fines & Fees Justice Center, joins us on this epis…
 
After a year of perfecting the recipe, we finally get to sit with LJ Govoni and Shannon Brooks to taste their delightful creation, "Hops for Hunger" -- a collaborative project that benefits Feeding Tampa Bay each time somebody buys one of the perfectly-named brews. Big Storm Brewing has been a staple for decades in the Tampa Bay region, and they tr…
 
George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida is like a second home to New York's own Yankees. Over the course of their 27 seasons here, some of the biggest names in baseball have trained right in our own backyard. And on today's episode we have the pleasure of reminiscing with Howard Grosswirth, the Yankees' Vice President of Corporate Sales, and…
 
Behind all of the phenomenal work done every day by our food bank staff and volunteers are the members of the Feeding Tampa Bay board of directors, who guide and support our organization in the mission of ending hunger in our community. On today's episode we are joined by three of those board members, each with their own passionate story about why …
 
Tens of thousands of volunteers grace our programs with their presence every single year, and make possible our mission of ending hunger in our community. On today's episode, meet 6 more magnificent humans who have worked side by side with us in recent years, and learn what drives them to keep returning to the front lines every single week. From se…
 
It's becoming a tradition to spend our last few episodes of the year getting to know the huge-hearted people who carry our mission on their backs. Our food bank is huge, and continuing to grow rapidly, and the people we have to thank for that success come from all over the world, with all kinds of stories and dreams, and they are the folks we'd lik…
 
Kateryna Armenta of Ambitious We Life & Career Coaching joins us in the studio to discuss long terms goals. She teaches us how to set a long-term goal by finding your vision for your life and making S.M.A.R.T. goals. She also shares valuable tips on how to overcome challenges, set action plans and the areas of your life to examine. She talks about …
 
Author, comedian, and Executive Director of the Gracepoint Foundation, Ian Adair has spent 25 years managing communications in the non-profit world. He uses humor and human connection to introduce people to the reality that everyone has mental health that needs attending to, and that no one is completely alone in their struggles, even if it feels t…
 
Lacy Watkins, LMHC, joins us in the studio to talk about maternal mental health. We learn how maternal health is much more than just postpartum depression. She tells us about perinatal mood & anxiety disorders (PMADs), risk factors when it comes to maternal mental health, signs & symptoms we can look for, myths & realities and treatment options. Sh…
 
Accessible housing, tax assistance, early childhood education -- United Way guides people through some of the most difficult trials that life serves up, and many of us have no idea of the help they offer, all over the world. Kari Goetz of our local affiliate, United Way Suncoast, joins us on this episode and in her theater-honed style explains how …
 
Chris Hockman of the Oxford House joins us on the podcast to talk about how the Oxford House model works and why it is successful. We learn about how the homes are democratically, self run and self supporting addiction recovery housing. We talk about the stigma of recovery, some recent misconceptions in our community regarding Oxford House and how …
 
Raising a family and growing a business on a resort overlooking the sandy shores of St. Pete Beach, MaryAnn Renfrow understands the importance of preserving the nature that guests and locals enjoy every day. That's why she joined the board of Tampa Bay Watch to help restore our waterways and teach the community about them. And when the beaches were…
 
One of our main goals here at Feeding Tampa Bay is to tell the stories of the people we serve each day, and we couldn't make that happen without the help of our friends in broadcast media. Local news icons like Gayle Guyardo, who has been reporting and anchoring for over 25 years, help shine a light on the needs and good deeds in our community, and…
 
Registered Dietician Nutritionist, Kelly Goodson from Kelly Goodson Nutrition joins us in the studio. We cover many topics including how nutrition can impact mental health, intuitive eating and how emotions and behaviors can impact eating habits. She explains eating disorders, what symptoms to recognize, treatment options and how there is hope for …
 
For the past 7 years Brian Auld has been president of the Tampa Bay Rays, and during that time he has helped foster a culture of community involvement that sports fans everywhere can be proud of. Listen in to learn how he transitioned from teaching 4th grade students to helping the Rays clinch 2 straight AL East championships, and how important it …
 
Denise Montford from Angel House Bereavement Center Inc. joins us on this important episode to discuss healthy grieving. We explore how grief is not a linear process defined by stages and how support and validation can positively impact the journey of grief. She explains the difference between acute and complicated grief as well as anticipatory gri…
 
Dr. Melissa Strawser of Counterbalance Visionaries LLC joins us to talk about how she's helping both individuals and organizations make sustainable and creative changes that lead to growth and success. We discuss how excessive and prolonged stress can lead to burn out and how to heal from that stress. Melissa shares her personal story of how burn o…
 
Math and science aren't the only things kids should be learning in school, as today's guest on the show will tell you. A food pantry orchestrated by neighborhood schools is an excellent opportunity for children to learn about serving their community, and who the people in that community really are. Tune in to learn how a small church pantry doubled…
 
It's often said that play is a child's natural language. Denise Folsom from Legacy House Counseling Center joins us to talk about play therapy and how utilizing it can help children verbalize and process challenges in a safe and nurturing environment. She tells us about some of the different modalities used, how different levels of trauma can impac…
 
In a year full of change-ups we've altered the formula of our annual Epic Chef event to be a pack even more excitement into a shorter run of shows. If you're not familiar, Epic Chef is our sponsor-supported competition between Tampa's top restaurants, hosted by The Epicurean Hotel in SoHo. This year over the course of three nights we invited the co…
 
On a special edition of Stick a Fork in It, Congresswoman Kathy Castor is interviewed by her daughter Chrissy Lewis, who just completed a multi-department internship with our organization learning about what we do! Then we get to talk in-depth with Chrissy about her experiences interning with us, as well as her own plans on how best to serve our co…
 
In this episode we talk about books that promote resiliency in children of all ages. Through reading, children can learn tools and coping skills to help them bounce back after life's challenges. Kat Kan and Sam Gay from the Bay County Public Library curated our book list and join us on the podcast. We talk about many of the books on their list star…
 
What if you could grow 3 whole acres of food in a box in your backyard? Well, Brick Street Farms has developed a way to do just that, using hydroponics and metal shipping containers. Their growing methods provide everything a plant needs to produce the healthiest, tastiest veggies it possible can, without a bunch of artificial modifying. Tune in to…
 
Kathleen Duval from the FSU PC Counseling Center joins us to talk about the mental health needs of college students and the resources available to students at FSU PC. An informative episode for students and their families, as we cover tools students can use as they enter a new journey in life and how families can support the college students in the…
 
General Mills is the company that produces many of your most favorite, most iconic cereals -- but they're also responsible for TONS of other beloved breakfast, lunch, and dinner foods that you can find in any grocery store. On today's episode we're grateful to have Scott Nevitt (Sr. Customer Mgr.) and Katie Fenech (Brand Experience Asst. Mgr.) join…
 
Anchorage Children's Home is a local non-profit organization that aspires to be a safe harbor where children and families can drop their anchor. In this informative episode, Executive Director Joel Booth tells us about the important programs they offer - a crisis shelter, transitional living for teens and young adults (including pregnant teens), si…
 
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