Rob Lancaster and Kendrick Scott, of Heavy’s Food Truck, came out to the Save-a-Lot parking lot on Gulfport Boulevard on Thursday, September 14 as part of Operation Feed Tampa Bay. They prepared over 300 hot, southern-style meals for people affected by Hurricane Irma, largely Gulfport and neighboring St. Pete residents who were still without power days after the storm.
Lancaster said they had been all over the area after Hurricane Irma, including local churches, “Just trying to spread the wealth.”
The Save-a-Lot location was added to the Operation Feed Tampa Bay schedule – which included free food from local food trucks at locations in Tampa and Riverview – in large part thanks to Gulfport City Councilmember Yolanda Roman. She heard about the effort, which was organized by Florida State Senator Darryl Rouson, Tampa Bay Buccaneer Clinton McDonald and the Dolman Law Group, and contacted the senator.
“I was honored and thrilled when [Rouson] called me back with the good news that he and Mr. McDonald would be able to arrange for yet another food truck distribution site,” said Roman, “and this time in Gulfport.”
Mayor Sam Henderson and Councilmembers Christine Brown and Michael Fridovich stopped to lend support, as well as resident helpers Linda Craig, Bob Craig and Susan Ray.
The event was also an impromptu community supply spot, with a call for those with spare ice, water and other hurricane supplies to drop them off for residents still in need.
“Gulfport’s response to help and assist those in need during the aftermath of Hurricane Irma was not just amazing,” said Roman after the event, “but truly symbolic of what defines our city… It is what makes us Gulfport Strong.”