Students barbecue to benefit local homeless


Blake and Jesuit Key Clubbers are all smiles as they work together to box about 7,000 barbecue chicken dinners for charity. Despite arriving at 2:00 am and working for over seven hours, the energy was still high as the students worked together to make a difference

In mid-October, Tampa Kiwanians and Key Clubbers from both Jesuit and Blake High School united to prepare over 7,000 barbecue chicken meals. These meals were both sold to local businesses to fundraise for Kiwanis service projects but were also donated to charities benefiting the homeless population.

Volunteers began at 2:00 am to roast the chicken and continued preparing and boxing the meals until 9:00 am. Metropolitan Ministries, food bank, assisted with activities and provided the space for volunteers to work. Members of the community were able to see the positive effects of the Kiwanis Barbecue- whether it be raising money for Kiwanian service projects or directly in the hands of a person in need.

Blake Key Club members are always happy to help out their community no matter the task. “Yeah it was super challenging,” Ciana Socias, the club’s secretary admits, “but at the end of the day it’s so worth it to make a difference.”