If you haven’t heard of Feeding Tampa Bay, they are a part of the Feeding America network with a focus on the West Central Florida region. Their goal is to provide food to the hundreds of thousands of Floridians in that 10 county region who are what they call, “food insecure.”
A big part of their success is the help from the local community in an effort to give back to those families in need + now they need your help. The group is actively searching for volunteers in the area to dedicate their time + resources to help their neighbors.
Even though FTB is working with 10 counties across the region, they are still meeting a lot of people (both partners and neighbors alike) for the first time. Because of that, they’re striving to spread continued awareness to those in need + provide valuable support from those who are willing and able to help.
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○ Polk County is implementing safety measuresand precautions on school buses ahead of the official back to school date. Certain features include: temperature checks on bus drivers before each shift, masks for driver and students, two students per seat, sanitizer on the stairwells, loading from rear to front, regular bus cleaning, and the opening of certain windows/hatches to allow for fresh air. (Bay News 9)
○Popular summer camp Camp Blast will close for two days after a current camp counselor tested positive for COVID-19. The camp will be deep cleaned over the course of the next two days with plans to reopen on Thursday. The city’s sister camp at Simpson Park was not affected. (The Ledger)
○Tuesday afternoon, Polk County School Board members voted “yes” to adding face masks to the schools’ dress code. Students grades K-12 must wear masks during in-person classes when they resume on Aug. 24. Grace will be extended for grades K-1 throughout the first nine weeks. Older students are expected to follow the mask guidelines with different disciplinary actions taken against them should they not comply. (News Chief)
○ Lake Wales is set to reconsider face masksafter the commission previously declined the mandate. The workshop will take place today and, if approved, will be effective for 30 days.(The Ledger)
○ Regal theaters will be reopening on Aug. 21 with new COVID-19 regulations. Contactless payment will be available as well as employees being required to wear masks, two empty seats between guests, sanitized auditoriums after each movie + more. (Click Orlando)
○Starting Saturday, Planet Fitness is requiring anyone at its locations to wear a mask during their visit. This rule was already in place for employees at 1,450 locations, but the franchise expanded the rule to include members + guests. (Click Orlando)
○All Southwest passengers over the age of twomust wear a face mask while flying. Passengers may take off their mask to drink, eat, or take medicine, but the airline urges those instances to be done as quickly as possible and to put on a mask immediately after. The company said that there will be no exemptions to the requirement and customers must wear a mask both onboard the aircraft + in the airport. (Click Orlando)
○ Walt Disney World has officially banned masks featuring any type of “valve.” Their site explicitly states this new rule including other mask restrictions: “neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes.” Should you have an upcoming trip or visit planned, be sure to refer to Disney’s website for further details or any updates. (Click Orlando)
○An additional stimulus check might be heading your way in the near future. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced earlier this week that the next stimulus proposal would be known as the “HEALS” Act. This would provide assistance in regards to health, economic assistance, liability protection, and school; the major crises we are facing due to COVID-19. If approved this payment would be $1,200 for Americans making up to $75,000 per year, with additional expansion over certain dependants. (10 Tampa Bay)
Hey, there. Looking for today’s #MustDo events? In accordance with the
CDC’s recommendations regarding public gatherings, we have decided to postpone public event coverage for the time being. We look forward to bringing you Lakeland’s #MustDo events soon (until then, feel free to submit your virtual events
The exhibit is about capturing and documenting the “new normal.” Submissions can be related (but not limited) to the COVID-19 pandemic, experiences in isolation, social justice, the Black Lives Matter movement, and any other aspect of this era.
Submissions will be accepted between July 31-Aug. 31. Selected works will be featured on the virtual exhibition + artists may have opportunities to share the stories behind their works. All levels of artistry are encouraged. This call is only open to artists living in the following counties: Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Polk, Hillsborough, and Pinellas.
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Weather ○89º | PM Thunderstorms | 50% chance of rain ○Remember that Atlantic storm system we mentioned yesterday? Well, that storm now has a name. Meet Isais. With an 80% development prediction over the next 24 hours, Isais could likely turn into a Tropical Stormbecoming the earliest letter “I” storm on record since 2005. Current models point the direction of the storm towards the East Coast of Florida after grazing the Leeward Islands and Bahamas. (CNN)
Biz ○ Patriot Coffee – which got its start at Catapult – recently celebratedits two-year anniversaryof being on Publix shelves. Read the local roaster’s story here. ☕ Ⓟ
TodayIs ○A diamond is a Lakelander’s best friend. Any Polk County local knows the importance of the Joker Marchant Stadium, aka, Tiger Town, where the Detroit Tigers take up residence for spring training. In honor of International Tiger Day, here are some roaringfacts about the pro baseball team. Lakeland has been hosting spring training for the Tigers for 84 years, the partnership is the longest-standing relationship between a team and its host spring city + the Tigers will continue to play in Lakeland for another 36 years.
Number ○ 160+. The number of reports from Floridians of unknown seed packetsthat appear to be mailed to them from China. In a statement by the Florida Department of Agriculture, the packets may be labeled as jewelry coming from China Post. Similar packages have also been found in six other states and recipients are urged to report the packages to the department of agriculture at 1-888-397-1517 instead of planting them or throwing them away. (Tampa Bay Times)
Outdoors ○ Dolphins, manatees + sharks, oh my. There has been anincrease in marine life sightings in FL, including sharks, manatees, dolphins + turtles. Low boat traffic combined with minimal rainfall has also led to FL’s water appearing clearer, and according to Miami Waterkeeper, there have been dozens of sightings and increased reports of wildlife, such as a pair of smalltooth sawfish, which are rare + endangered. 🦈 (Only in Your State)
TheBuy ○ What if we told you that jeans could be as comfy as the leggings you’ve been living in? Three former Under Armour execs founded Revtown Jeans using a proprietary fabric of Italian-milled denim infused with the same stuff used in yoga pants + football uniforms.Shop here. Ⓟ
Trending ○50 miles southwest of Sarasota, researchers are preparing to dive 425 ft. into an underwater sinkhole. The chasm, called the Green Banana, is one of many believed to exist in the Gulf. Further details surrounding the hole should come about next month when a team from Mote Marine will send equipment to its floor. 🤿 (Tampa Bay Times)
Watch ○Houston, we have liftoff…almost. The NASA Mars 2020 rover is officially cleared for liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station tomorrow at 7:50 a.m. The launch will include a 7-month cruise to Mars with tentative landing on February 18 2021. Watch it live here. 🚀
Answered: There are700,000+ peoplein the Tampa Bay area that are unsure of if they’re able to eat today.
👋 Hey Lakeland, Katelyn here again. I can’t thank you enough for the warm welcome to LALtoday and for taking the time to read our newsletter and engage with Kaylee + I every single day. We received a few questions from yesterday’s newsletter about us so we’re going to answer them for you so that we are all better acquainted.
○ Q: Who is who in the pic? A: I am on the left in the plain black shirt + my girl Kaylee is on the right in the black and white stripes. 👯♀️
○ Q: Are you coffee drinkers and if so where do you get yours? A: I’m the type of person that thinks coffee always tastes better when it’s store-bought and Starbucks is my guilty pleasure. I can drink Caramel Macchiatos and Chai Lattes all day long. Kaylee is not huge a coffee drinker but she loves a good cup of OJ in the mornings with extra pulp, please. 🍊
○ Q: Dear K & K, Do you have daily or weekly meetings to generate ideas on what you’ll cover each day? In-person or remotely? Is your brainstorming hard or fun? A: We have daily meetings, currently remote. It’s fun to brainstorm what we’re going to cover. 🧠
○ Q: Favorite Movie? A: Listen, we can pick our favorite movies like we can pick our favorite food…we can’t. 🤣 But, I love Elf, I watch it year-round and Kaylee says that Fried Green Tomatoes is her fav.
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