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October 2020 Community of the Month: Jefferson Westshore

November 11, 2020

Each month we highlight one of our amazing Multi-Family members for their commitment to fighting hunger. We’re happy to announce that Jefferson Westshore in Tampa is our October Community of the Month. 

Jefferson Westshore is one of several properties that are part of the Jefferson Apartment Group. They joined Move for Hunger last year and have been making an impact ever since. The property joined its sister locations in other parts of the country in a Front Porch Food Drive. This type of food drive allows residents to donate while maintaining their social distance.

“With the ongoing pandemic, food insecurity is one of the biggest problems families are facing all over,” said Flerida Monsivais, Property Manage of Jefferson Westshore. 
“We recognize that our community extends beyond the walls of Jefferson Westshore and with our residents, we will continue to fight hunger in the Tampa Bay.” 
 
Because of COVID-19, the hunger crisis has only gotten worse. There were 37 million Americans who were food insecure at the start of the year, and it is estimated that 17 million more Americans have been affected since the start of the pandemic. In Florida, there are nearly 3 million people that are food insecure including 1 in 5 kids. 

Jefferson Westshore helped take a bite out of the problem by raising 350 lbs of food which equals 290 meals donated to the Feeding America Food Bank in Tampa. “Our residents really came together and contributed to what became one of the largest food drive collections in the history of Jefferson Westshore.” 

The food drive across all properties brought in over 1,300 lbs of food. When asked what made their own food drive so successful, Monsivais said, “They recognize that now more than ever, being united and help those in need could make the difference.”

Congratulations, Jefferson Westshore. Thank you for being a part of Move For Hunger and doing an incredible job.