Christopher O'Donnell

Staff Writer

Beyond the Line at the Tampa Food Bank, a World of Other Need
Five months into its pandemic relief effort, Tampa nonprofit Metropolitan Ministries is crafting new ways to help needy families.
July 15, 2020
1.3 million local people now “food insecure," warns nonprofit Feeding Tampa Bay
Even as Florida reopens, nonprofits are warning that the number of people in need because of the coronavirus pandemic is still rising.
May 26, 2020
Child Abuse Reports Fall in Florida, Raising Concerns about At-Risk Kids
With schools still closed because of the coronavirus, the number of abuse reports across Florida in April plummeted to about 19,000, a 40 percent drop compared with the same month last year.
May 21, 2020
These Seniors Are At Risk For COVID-19. They Also Crew Sun City Center Ambulances.
With an average age of 72, Sun City Center Emergency Squad’s all volunteer 911 ambulance service is still on the road, even during a pandemic.
May 13, 2020
Florida Nursing Homes Unprepared for Emergencies Like the Coronavirus, Audit Finds
Florida wasn't the only state to fall short. Federal audits of nursing homes in New York, California, Texas and Missouri revealed a similar number of nursing home failures.
May 7, 2020
A Florida Woman Died from the Coronavirus. Then Paramedics Found Her Neighbor.
Even before Sheila Remley succumbed to COVID-19, word of her infection spread quickly around her 55-plus community in Largo.
April 11, 2020
At Risk From Coronavirus And Running Low on Food, Tampa Bay Seniors Get Help From Emergency Program
Feeding Tampa Bay, the region’s largest food rescue and distribution organization, is delivering 8,000 meals to about a dozen senior communities this week.
April 1, 2020
Foster Care Workers Fear Children Isolated By the Coronavirus Are More at Risk
Eyes on the child is a bedrock principle for foster care workers who routinely go into troubled homes to see that children are safe. But in the midst of the coronavirus, the safety of Florida’s most at-risk children is often being assessed through computer screens.
March 30, 2020
Tampa Sets Up Tent City So Homeless Can Shelter In Place
With a county-wide order for people to stay indoors now in effect, the city of Tampa is establishing a tent city that will allow up to 100 homeless people to shelter in place.
March 29, 2020
Nonprofit Mobilizes to Replace Lost School Meals Across Tampa Bay Area
Feeding Tampa Bay has opened 17 drive-through feeding stations across Tampa Bay as up to two-thirds of students in Hillsborough miss out on free school meals.
March 25, 2020