impossible burgers served to healthcare workers and first reponders

Lightning Joins Local Restaurants to Serve

With 5000 Meals to Feed Healthcare Workers and First Responders

Lightning Joins Local Restaurants to serve Healthcare Workers and First Responders. This Saturday Impossible Foods, Forbici Modern Italian and the Tampa Bay Lightning are joining hands to prepare and distribute 5,000 meals, featuring the Impossible Burgers, to those working on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be held in the AMALIE Arena parking circle (401 Channelside Dr.) this Saturday May 2, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Several organizations and city officials will be working together to make this possible. The Tampa Bay Lightning CEO Steve Griggs, ThunderBug, Jeff Gigante and Joe Guggino of Forbici, City of Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, City of Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister and many more will be available to help feed the front line workers to show their appreciation for there on-going efforts for the Tampa Bay community.

In Forbici’s continued commitment to the community, students from Metropolitan Ministries’ Culinary Program will be paid to assist their staff in assembly and distribution of the meal kits.

In addition to the teams from Forbici, the Lightning and Impossible Foods, PepsiCo, Elder Ford of Tampa, Diaco Law, Diaco Institute of Plastic Surgery, Imperial Dade and Mr. Greens Produce are all making contributions to this great cause.

More about Forbici

Forbici Modern Italian serves healthcare workers and first responders

Forbici Modern Italian is a fast casual pizzeria, featuring Roman Style pizza, salads, tapas, with a full bar.  Unique and modern, Forbici aims to make the pizzeria concept part of your daily routine. Required to move to take out and delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic, Forbici has continued to feed the front lines, including Tampa Fire, Tampa Police Department, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and countless hospitals through generous donations of guests and local partnerships.

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More About Impossible Foods

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Based in California’s Silicon Valley, Impossible Foods makes delicious, nutritious meat and dairy products from plants — with a much smaller environmental footprint than meat from animals. The privately held food tech startup was founded in 2011 by Patrick O. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry at Stanford University and a former Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.

Investors include Mirae Asset Global Investments, Khosla Ventures, Bill Gates, Google Ventures, Horizons Ventures, UBS, Viking Global Investors, Temasek, Sailing Capital, and Open Philanthropy Project.

Impossible Foods was Inc. Magazine’s company of the year and one of Time Magazine’s 50 Genius companies. The flagship product, Impossible Burger, was named top plant-based burger by the New York Times and received the Food and Beverage (FABI) Award from the National Restaurant Association. 

More About Vinik Sports Group and the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation

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Over the last several weeks, Dunkin’, Papa John’s, Outback Steakhouse, and World of Beer, in partnership with the Lightning, have fueled the frontlines by providing more than 2,000 meals to local healthcare heroes.

The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Lightning Foundation are proud to work alongside our community partners to support healthcare workers and first responders during these unprecedented times. To help local restaurant partners continue to fuel the front lines, fans can visit Funds donated on this page will be used to provide food & beverage gift cards and food deliveries from local restaurants to healthcare workers and first responders throughout the Tampa Bay community.