When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many entrepreneurs were forced to adapt their business strategies. For Kambria Sims, she found an opportunity to uplift her community.
Sims, in normal times, owns an event planning service named Happenings By Kambria, but she’s now using her skills to help organize donations toward food pantries in the Tampa Bay area.
The 27-year-old joined Feeding Tampa Bay, an organization focusing on providing food to people who are food insecure in the West Central Florida region.
“We change lives one meal at a time by leading our community in the fight against hunger,” Feeding Tampa Bay’s mission statement reads.
“I had a lot of time on my hands and Feeding Tampa Bay had a huge need,” Sims told WFTS-Tampa.
“It’s the same puzzle. They all have to fit together. We’ve got to have the people that do this, we’ve got to have the supplies and that’s the same thing as an event. You’ve got to have all the pieces together for an organization to have a successful event.”
Sims coordinates volunteers and takes an active role in directing traffic to the food pantries.
“Now in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee and Polk county each week we serve 10,000 adults,” Sims wrote on Instagram.
It’s unclear if Sims will return to event planning when the pandemic eventually comes to an end but for the time being, she’s doing a great job of adapting to an unforeseen climate.
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