Press Releases & Articles

Click below to view the many efforts and stories covering Tampa Bay’s hungry and homeless in addition to our commitment to serve a nutritious meal with dignity and respect.


Trinity Cafe chef suffered cardiac dissection while preparing community Christmas Eve meal By Jason Wright, Fox 13 News (January 28, 2019)

Feeding Tampa Bay to take hot and healthy meals into “food swamp” areas By Christopher O’Donnell, Tampa Bay Times (January 21, 2019)

Hooper: Car bursts through wall, but Trinity Cafe keeps feeding homeless By Ernest Hooper, Tampa Bay Times (June 12, 2018)

Car punches hole in kitchen for homeless! By Lloyd Sowers, Fox 13 (June 12, 2018)

Almost two dozen homeless men and women died last year in Hillsborough. Who were they? How did they fall so far?   (March 7, 2018)

EVERYDAY HERO: Trinity Cafe serves up meals, dignity (December 25,2017)

Gourmet cafe for homeless and hungry in Tampa needs servers with a smile (December 21, 2017)

Former Executive Chef makes delicious meals for homeless at Tampa’s Trinity Cafe
by WFLA’s Gayle Guyardo (December 20, 2017)

Joe Maddon Brings Thanksmas, a charitable feast back to Tampa Bay (December 8, 2017)
More on Joe and Thanksmas!

Girl Scouts of West Central Florida judges awarded Trinity Cafe chef Doug Wanek
Ryan Nece Foundation ‘Power of Giving’ 

Thanksgiving for the homeless at Trinity Cafe by WFLA’s Leigh Spann (November 23,2017)

Chef Benito on Daytime promoting Stick a Fork in Hunger (November 13,20177)

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week: Don’t Applaud – Do Something More! PRNewsChannel (November 13,2017)

Trinity Cafe on CW44 Bayside with Mandy Cloninger and Fern Rabil (November 12, 2017)

Mandy Cloninger revels in ‘year of abundance with Ernest Hooper (November 3,2017

Trinity Cafe on CW44 Bayside (October 25, 2017)

My Day at Trinity Cafe – Ryan Nece Foundation

Sue Carlton: At a Tampa cafe, hurricane recovery for the homeless and hungry (September 13, 2017)

Helping hands lift spirits of hurricane survivors – Irma photos from Florida and the Caribbean
Tampa Bay Times (September 13, 2017)

Nonprofits In Bay Area Seek to Continue Service As Storm Approaches
Tampa Bay Times (September 6, 2017)

Don’t Create a Culture of Begging (September 6, 2017)

Chili’s stages special benefit night for Trinity Cafe (August 9, 2017)

GR8 Inspiration with Gayle Guyardo, WFLA News Channel 8 (July 26, 2017)

Bay Focus with Darlene Greenlee, CTN TV (July 25, 2017)

Volunteering means better health by Rev. Laurie Palmer, Resident Magazine (May 2017)

Trinity Cafe celebrates first year of dishing dignity at second location by PR NewsChannel (April 24, 2017)

Humanity Begins With A Meal by Dennis Pitocco, BizCatalyst 360 (March 2017)

Edward Cranston honored as Lightning Community Hero Tampa Bay Lightning (February 27, 2017)

Carlton: A rainy day for counting those who don’t seem to count
by Sue Carlton, Tampa Bay Times (February 24, 2017)

Trinity Cafe: Serving Hot Meals with Love for Tampa’s Homeless Community
by James Intriglia (February 22, 2017)

Brandon business owners inspire generosity in customers
by Ernest Hooper, Tampa Bay Times (January 29, 2017)

Joe Maddon opens his Tampa home to support local charities
by Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times (January 21, 2017)

Giving at Christmas, An option to knocking people’s hats off
by Sue Carlton, Tampa Bay Times (December 23, 2016)

Interview with Executive Director Mandy Cloninger on The Big Big House Morning Show on Spirit FM
with Abby and Fernando, Spirit FM (Interview at 25:08, December 21, 2016)

Blanket Tampa Bay strives to provide warmth to the homeless
by Lenora Lake, Tampa Bay Times (December 7, 2016)

Volunteering in the Bay Area by Nicole Cate, The USF Oracle (November 23, 2016)

Trinity Cafe celebrates with ’15 Stirring Stories’ by Times staff, Tampa Bay Times (October 3, 2016)

Sunday Conversation with ‘Great Day Tampa Bay’ co-host Stephanie Webb
by Ernest Hooper, Tampa Bay Times (September 30, 2016)

Hometown Heroes: Chef Ben D’Azzo at Trinity Cafe
by Jennifer Epstein, FOX 13 News (September 30, 2016)

The Poor Get a Meal Fit for a King by Marcus Grayson, WTSP 10News (August 17, 2016)

Trinity Cafe’s Executive Chef Benito D’Azzo featured on That Business Show with Jamie Meloni, 1250 WHNZ (July 20, 2016) 
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Hope is on the menu at Trinity Cafe by Mandy Cloninger, Special to the Tampa Bay Times (June 14, 2016)

A place for the hungry and the neighborhood dealing with it: the dilemma of Trinity Cafe
by Sue Carlton, Tampa Bay Times (June 8, 2016)

Working to solve housing, hunger by Mandy Cloninger, Letters Tampa Bay Times (June 3, 2016)

Seeking better solutions to help homeless Editorial, Tampa Bay Times (June 2, 2016)

A Community Solution: Let’s End Homelessness & Hunger
by Mandy Cloninger, Trinity Cafe (June 1, 2016)

Trinity Cafe’s homeless clientele strains neighbors’ compassion
by Christoper O’Donnell, Tampa Bay Times (May 30, 2016)

Trinity Cafe opens second location to feed homeless, needy
by Keith Morelli, Tampa Tribune (April 25, 2016)

Singer sheds light on Tampa homeless by living the experience
by Sarah Whitman, Tampa Bay Times (April 21, 2016)

For Good: Benefit to raise funds, awareness for Tampa Bay area charity that feeds hungry
by Michelle Bearden, 83 Degrees Media (April 18, 2016)

Benefit concert to raise awareness, money for Trinity Cafe 2
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley, Tampa Tribune (Mar. 30, 2016)

Local television network features Trinity Cafe, reporting partnership with First Church of God & Trinity Cafe 2 launch by Darlene Greenlee, Bay Focus program, Christian Television Network (Feb. 17, 2016)

Trinity Cafe seeks to open second location to feed the hungry, homeless
by Joyce McKenzie, Tampa Tribune (Feb. 3, 2016)

Trinity Cafe extends its mission with unconditional love
by Ernest Hooper, Tampa Bay Times (Jan. 10, 2016)


Press Releases

Chili’s® Grill & Bar Celebrates National Hamburger Day at BOTH Trinity Cafe Locations! (July 26, 2017)

Press Release – Cuatro Taking Over Trinity Cafe – Feed the Need Program (May 16, 2017)

Trinity Cafe Celebrates – First Year of Dishing Dignity at Second Location! (April 24, 2017)

Representative Sean Shaw To Host Love Rolls Event To Help Tampa Citizens In Need (February 2, 2017)

Trinity Cafe Celebrates 15 Years of Service with 15 Stirring Stories of Humanity (September 14, 2016)

Ulele serves a meal for the hungry & homeless guests at Trinity Cafe (August 16, 2016)

Eagle Scout project adds dignity to the landscaping of Trinity Cafe 2 (May 20, 2016)

Dining with dignity gets a second location (April 24, 2016)

Trinity Cafe and Verizon partner to launch TV campaign during Hunger Action Month (Sept. 1, 2015)

Trinity Cafe names Mandelyn Cloninger as its first executive director (May 11, 2015)


Past Articles

Spirit FM broadcasts live from Trinity Cafe by Davis and Abby from Spirit FM 90.5 (Oct. 13, 2015)

For Good: Rising stars guide Tampa Bay area nonprofits by Megan Hendricks, 83 degrees (Oct. 13, 2015)

The remarkable life of Sister Maureen by Sue Carlton, Tampa Bay Times (Oct. 9, 2015)

Sister Maureen Dorr helped the homeless, needy by Keith Morelli, Tampa Tribune (Oct. 8, 2015)

Girl Scout’s project recruits restaurants to help those in need by Lenora Lake (Sept. 23, 2015)

Bucs rookies donate their time on day off by Greg Auman (Sept. 15, 2015)

Tampa teen brings fine dining to area homeless population by Michael Majchrowicz (Sept. 9, 2015)

Matching students with non-profits by Gayle Guyardo (Sept. 9, 2015)

Vacationing volunteers just part of the story at Trinity Cafe by Ernest Hooper (July 30, 2015)

A million meals and still counting by Rich Shopes (Jan. 18 2015)

Daily meal a miracle for many in Tampa by Steve Otto (Dec. 16, 2013)

Humanity’s new address by Sue Carlton (April 25, 2013)