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Fresh, Vibrant, and Simply Unique: that’s Inside the Box Café & Catering. Lively, friendly service with a clean and bright atmosphere, a fabulous menu, and an inspirational story—it’s where comfort, flavor, and culture mingle with opportunity to make a difference in the community.

A meal for you. A meal for them. That is what Inside the Box Cafe and Catering is all about. You see it written on the walls and on every boxed lunch or catered tray you carry out. All proceeds from the meal you purchase go directly back to feeding a hungry and hurting Tampa Bay neighbor.

Food with a side of HOPE!

In addition to serving contemporary Americana and inventive original dishes, we also serve a much higher calling by providing vocational training opportunities for men and women transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. The Culinary Arts Program (CAP) produces qualified employees who are prepared for work in the hospitality industry. Upon graduation, each trainee has gained the ability necessary not only to find a job, but to keep it! In the process, the students gain skills and work ethics that encourage them to lead a life of self-sufficiency.

Contact us for your next catered lunch meeting or special event. Check out our catering menu! - Call to place your order 813.209.1272

Stop by our Downtown or Westshore location for a break from the brown bag lunch. Check out the Cafe Menu!

DOWNTOWN: 813.227.9248   
505 N. Tampa St. Tampa, FL 33602                                  

WESTSHORE: 813.288.0900                   
1715 N. Westshore Blvd.  Tampa, FL 33602                                 

Exciting News!

Inside the Box now serves ‘Grab & Gourmet’ food items in the Airside C terminal of TIA, which services Southwest Airlines. This is the first step coinciding with the airport’s $1 billion expansion project that will eventually see an expanded selection of Inside the Box products at multiple locations in all of the airport’s news and food stands operated by Stellar Partners.

 Thrift Store

The Metropolitan Ministries Thrift Store proudly serves the Tampa Bay community in many ways. We provide much needed clothing, furniture, appliances and many other items to homeless and low-income families. We also sell many items to the community at unbeatable prices with proceeds supporting the ongoing mission of the Ministries.

The Thrift Store is staffed by residents of Metropolitan Ministries involved in our Uplift U®  program. We give on-the-job training to these individuals and career skills.

Through generous donors, we are able to provide furniture and other household items to families in our Rapid Re-Housing program to help alleviate some of the stresses associated with moving into a new residence, especially in some cases, without any furniture, clothing or cookware.

Other items are sold to people within the community who know that by patronizing the Metropolitan Ministries Thrift Store, they are helping families in Tampa Bay regain their independence and self-sufficiency. Check out the Thrift Store Website. 

Thrift Store Location and Hours

2101 North Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813.209.1068

Monday - Friday:
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 4pm

Donation Drop-off Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 8am - 4:30pm

Pick Up For Large Donations: Phone Number: (813) 209-1060


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