Feeding First Responders

Food is love. For more than 40 years, our community has shown us so much love, choosing us to cater their milestone events and supporting our family-owned and operated business. During this pandemic, it is important to Catering By The Family (CBTF) that we give back as much as we can, sharing that love and delivering food to the people on the front line of this crisis.

CBTF Owner Steven Gonzalez Sr. said, “There’s so much negativity going on, and I wanted to do something positive. The community, for over 40 years, has blessed me, and I wanted to give back. Food is what I do, it’s all I know. And I want to give it to people who have been impacted.”

Since the start of the pandemic, we also have been able to feed many first responders and health care workers, dropping off free meals to the local hospitals, the Tampa Police Department, the Emergency Operation Center, the Tampa Fire Rescue Department, and more. We hope that we can help take at least one of the worries away from these heroes, so they can focus their attention on public health and safety. With the help of generous donors, it’s our goal to provide as many meals as possible frontline workers and organizations in need. If you are interested in sponsoring a first responder catering drop, please call us at 813-875-2000.

We also have given away 100 free pans of pasta to families in our community, which were distributed on a first-come, first serve basis at our Tampa warehouse facility, and donated meals to the Community Food Pantry. And, after hearing there is a critical need for blood, we even hosted a blood drive!

In addition to charitable efforts, we have created a special menu of family favorite meals, including lunch and dinner options, available for pick up or delivery. Many of the meals are freezer-friendly, too. For more information, call us at 813-875-2000 or check out the menu online.

Executive Chef Steven Gonzalez Jr. said, “Right now, I think is a time for the community, as well as all local businesses and business owners, to come together, work together, and overcome this. You know, you adapt and overcome. And, I think that’s what our family has done time and time again since 1976. I think at the end of all of this we’ll be okay.”

Stay healthy and thank you for your continued support!