National Muffin Day Community Baking Party to Help the Homeless
Date: Sunday, March 1, 2020
Location: Hyde House, 1646 W. Snow Avenue, Tampa (in Hyde Park Village)
Cost: Free to participate.
This event is limited to 30 participants.
Organizers are requesting that all party participants bring canned tuna, peanut butter, a box of healthy cereal, or a Publix gift card to be donated to the Tampa Jewish Family Services Community Food Bank.
The Tampa JCCs & Federation, in collaboration with Tampa Jewish Family Services (TJFS), The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Tampa JCCs & Federation (JCRC), SaltBlock Hospitality Group and Hyde House, will host a community baking party for volunteers to bake muffins on “National Muffin Day,” a philanthropic food holiday created to raise awareness for and share kindness with people experiencing homelessness.
The goal is for volunteers to bake 200-300 muffins together. The Tampa JCCs & Federation will provide all baking supplies for the community party.
Participants will bake and deliver muffins to Metropolitan Ministries, which locally serves more than 100 families who are experiencing homelessness. Volunteers of all faiths and backgrounds are invited to participate in the community baking party. Children are welcome to participate. Registration is required in advance. Registration link is on the right side of this page.
Community members are also encouraged to host their own at-home muffin baking parties throughout the week, from February 23-March 1. Participants are invited to deliver the muffins they bake directly to people in their neighborhoods experiencing homelessness or to deliver them throughout the week to the kitchen at Metropolitan Ministries, which is located at 2002 North Florida Avenue in Tampa. Directions for dropping off muffins to Metropolitan Ministries, along with a Muffin Day toolkit and instructions for preparing muffins for delivery, will be provided when participants register their at-home muffin day party on this page.
Daniel Miller, the Executive Chef for SaltBlock Hospitality Group, will be volunteering his time to oversee kitchen and baking operations for the community party. Miller and Ryan Conigliaro, Co-Founder of SaltBlock Hospitality Group, worked to secure one of Tampa's newest venues, Hyde House, which is donating its "Test Kitchen" & venue for the event.
Committed to advocating for and supporting people in need, the Tampa JCCs & Federation, TJFS, a beneficiary agency of the Federation, and the Tampa JCRC, a community relations committee of the Federation, are working on this initiative together, along with SaltBlock Hospitality Group and Hyde House, to raise awareness for food insecurity. TJFS also runs a Community Food Bank that distributes non-perishable items to people in need.
In the past five years, more than 1,000 "Muffinteers" have baked more than 15,000 muffins in more than 35 cities, raising thousands of dollars to help people experiencing homelessness. The National Muffin Day initiative was created by friends Julia Levy of Atlanta and Jacob Kaufmann of San Francisco. The official National Muffin Day is Thursday, February 20th; this year organizers are celebrating it on Sunday, March 1. The movement has been featured on CNN, Inside Edition, ABC and Forbes Magazine.
For every baker who participates, the national organizers will donate money to two causes making an impact on people experiencing homelessness, Project Homeless Connect, based in San Francisco (home of Kaufman, one of the national organizers), and Family Promise, a national organization which has affiliates in Tampa.
All “Muffinteers” are encouraged to share a photo publicly on social media and on the National Muffin Day event page to get credit for participating by Tampa and national organizers using the #givemuffins hashtag.
For resources, baking tips, recipes and more information about the National Muffin Day movement, please visit: nationalmuffinday.org.