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Article contributed by Give & Grub

Do you think of biting into a candied jalapeno burger when you think of Tampa Bay Lightning coach, Jon Cooper? What about steak tacos when someone mentions Lightning defensemen Victor Hedman? Probably not, but there’s a very good reason why you should – and it involves one food truck with a very big mission.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have teamed up with Laser Spine Institute, along with Feeding America Tampa Bay and Metropolitan Ministries, to fight hunger in the Tampa Bay area through the Give & Grub food truck – an innovative new way to help those children who do not receive enough food in their community.

For each meal purchased from the Give & Grub food truck, another meal will be donated to someone in need. The state-of-the-art truck serves up a quirky gourmet menu picked to represent some of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s most well-recognized personnel and their favorite foods. Chosen by their namesake, menu items include:

  • Chicken Parmkos Sandwich, inspired by Steven Stamkos – Breaded chicken served with house-made marinara on a fresh hero roll and topped with Parmesan cheese
  • Cooper’s Candied Jalapeno Burger, named after Coach Jon Cooper – A juicy burger topped with roasted red peppers, candied jalapenos, and melted cotija cheese and served on a fresh pumpernickel bun
  • Hedman’s Steak Tacos, for defenseman Victor Hedman – Skirt steak tacos deliciously marinated, and served with roasted corn pico de gallo, chipotle glaze and Tijuana rice
  • Bishop Bowl, inspired by goalie Ben Bishop – Black shrimp or tofu, wasabi caramel, saffron red beans and mango on a bed of yellow rice

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The goal of the Give & Grub project is to eventually give back 150,000 meals to local children in need – and there is plenty of need. According to Feeding America Tampa Bay, there are a 700,000 people in West Central Florida struggling with hunger, and 250,000 of those people are children. For Laser Spine Institute and the Lightning, the Give & Grub project is a way to give back to their community by reducing the food insecurity that affects so many of these children every day.

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The truck travels across the greater Tampa Bay area, and can be found at Tampa Bay Lightning games, community events and regional office parks during lunch time.

Join Laser Spine Institute and the Tampa Bay Lightning in their mission to ‘Stick it to Hunger’, by going to the Give & Grub website to find out where the truck will be next. Also, by sharing the hashtag #GiveAndGrub on your social media platform of choice, they’ll donate an additional meal to a family in need!

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