Each day in Northeast Florida nearly 323,000 people have to make tough choices.
Local families, individuals, seniors, and veterans are choosing between paying the rent on time, getting the car fixed, filling their prescriptions, or buying groceries. The reality of hunger is that it hides in plain sight. The majority of people who struggle with hunger have jobs, homes and children but are unable to make their paychecks stretch to cover all of their expenses.
We at Feeding Northeast Florida, the community food bank for 17 counties in Florida, have created a model aimed at solving hunger for these families and children. Each day FNEFL sends out trucks to local grocery stores, manufacturers, and farms to rescue food that would normally be thrown out. This food is inspected, sorted by volunteers, and then sent out to be distributed to those in need. When we are able to provide a family with the food they need at no cost, it allows that family to afford their rent, gas, medication, and education expenses.
Last year during The Players Championship nearly 174,000 spectators showed up to watch the best golfers in the world compete. Knowing that nearly twice that many people in our area struggle with hunger, professional golfer Billy Horschel decided to use the 2016 Players Championship to help #DriveOutHunger in Northeast Florida.
From May 12-15 during TPC week, Horschel has pledged to donate $1,000 for each birdie and $5,000 for each eagle he makes during the tournament.
But Billy isn’t going to stop there. He is challenging his friends, sponsors, and you to help #DriveOutHunger. No matter the size of your investment, Feeding Northeast Florida will be able to provide 7 meals for each $1 donated.
We are so thankful to Billy Horschel for this great challenge, and for helping us spread the word about hunger in Northeast Florida!
Be sure to keep the goodness going by challenging your friends and family on social media using the hashtag #DriveOutHunger