The Clara White Mission has teamed up with the Five Star Veterans Center and Feeding Northeast Florida for the Veterans Holiday Food Drive from Nov. 11 – Dec. 11, with food donations used to create holiday gift baskets for area veterans facing hunger.
“It’s estimated that about 60,000 of the 322,000 people served by Feeding Northeast Florida are military veterans and their families who find it difficult to make ends meet, and many are served through our mission as well,” said Clara White Mission President and CEO Ju’Coby Pittman. “We felt this food drive would be a great way to honor and help these veterans and their families facing hunger, especially during the upcoming holiday season.”
Five Star Veterans Center Administrative Director Suzie Loving noted that the Duval County veteran population has a “huge need” that needs to be addressed.
“We felt that a collaborative food drive would help us really say ‘’thank you” to our military personnel who have located here, since they are truly our American heroes,” Loving said.
Food donations will be accepted at the following locations:
Clara White Mission
613 W. Ashley St.
Five Star Veterans Center
40 Acme Street
Feeding NE FL
1116 Edgewood Ave. N., Units D/E
All VyStar Credit Union Locations in Northeast Florida
All Regions Bank locations in Northeast Florida
Food items for donation include all canned and boxed food items, including large sizes of vegetables, fruit, rice, canned meats, holiday foods and grocery gift cards. People can contribute monetary donations, and specify the donation is for the Veterans Holiday Food Drive, at www.FeedingNEFL.org.
Donated food will be sorted and assembled in gift baskets at FNEFL’s Food Distribution Center on Edgewood Ave. Click here to volunteer at the distribution center to help with assembling these baskets.
The food drive is sponsored by News 104.5 WOKV, Eagle 96.9, Home Depot and the City of Jacksonville.
“These are the kind of community partnerships that have helped us distribute more than 20 million pounds of food in our first year of operations,” said Feeding Northeast Florida President and CEO Bruce Ganger. “We appreciate the cooperation and support of The Clara White Mission, the Five Star Veterans Center and these sponsors in allowing us to further reach our military veterans and their families with the support they need so they don’t have to face hunger this holiday season.”
About The Clara White Mission
The Clara White Mission was founded by a former slave whose compassion for humanity moved her to action. The Mission has existed for more than 100 years, dedicated to serving the needs of the less fortunate in the Jacksonville area. Located at 613 W. Ashley St., the mission provides meals for the hungry, transitional housing for the homeless, along with vocational programs to put people to work – with a goal to restore those in need to meaningful, dignified lives in the community. Visit www.theclarawhitemission.org.
About Five Star Veterans Center
The Five Star Veterans Center is a nonprofit corporation committed to making a positive impact in the community by assisting those men and women who, when answering the call to duty, protected the freedom of that same community by serving their nation, by offering safe/secure housing to displaced veterans in North Florida to help alleviate veteran homelessness. Visit www.5starveteranscenter.org.