Jacksonville, Fla. (Jan. 13, 2016) – Jacksonville philanthropist Delores Barr Weaver donated another $250,000 to Feeding Northeast Florida (FNEFL) – fulfilling her $500,000 pledge over two years to support the fight against hunger in 17 area counties.
“The board and staff at Feeding Northeast Florida have done an incredible job in improving operating efficiencies to distribute food to more than 180 food pantries and other nonprofit agencies in Northeast Florida during its first year in operation,” Weaver said. “As one of many deserving organizations in our area that is meeting a very basic need, that for food, I hope the community will join me in supporting their goal to fully meet this need and end hunger in the region.”
In 2015, the agency distributed nearly 20 million pounds of food through partners in 17 counties, while reducing the cost of distributing a pound of food by more than 57 percent (from 23 cents per pound to 10 cents per pound) over the last 18 months. It has also continued the implementation of a “hub-and-spoke” distribution model to serve the area’s food pantries more effectively – bringing on satellite distribution centers in Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties – each certified through FNEFL to accept food shipments directly from grocer sponsors.
“We’re grateful for the continued support of Mrs. Weaver in helping us reach our ultimate objective of ensuring no one goes hungry in our community,” said FNEFL President and CEO Bruce Ganger. “We estimate we’ll have to double our distribution to 40 million pounds a year to completely meet the need in Northeast Florida, and her donation will help us move forward to attain that goal.”
The Delores Barr Weaver Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida does not accept unsolicited proposals.
About Feeding Northeast Florida
Feeding Northeast Florida (FNEFL) distributes food to people who struggle to feed themselves and their families across 17 Northeast Florida counties through a network of more than 180 nonprofit, faith-based and charitable organizations. FNEFL is an affiliate of Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that lead the fight against hunger in the United States. The most recent localized survey from the 2014 Hunger in America report shows that 38,000 people are served each week by programs supported by FNEFL. To donate, volunteer or find out more about eliminating hunger in Northeast Florida, visit www.feedingnefl.org or contact 904-513-1333.
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