Jacksonville, Fla. (July 14, 2014) – Feeding Northeast Florida has announced that BJs, Sam’s Club, Target, Walmart and Winn-Dixie have officially signed on as partners to provide food donations to the nonprofit organization for 12 months.
“As Jacksonville’s hometown grocer, no issue touches our hearts more than hunger, which is why we’re proud to offer our food to Feeding Northeast Florida in support of the mission of fighting hunger in the greater Jacksonville area,” said Brian Wright, Winn-Dixie’s vice president of communications and community.
Feeding Northeast Florida, which has been providing food bank distribution services since March, recently opened a new 21,000-square-foot food storage and distribution warehouse on Edgewood Avenue in Jacksonville to serve the 17-county area of northeast Florida.
“We’re both excited and grateful that these companies have joined us to support our mission to stamp out hunger in Jacksonville and throughout northeast Florida,” said Feeding Northeast Florida President and CEO Bruce Ganger. “With their help, along with our logistical support, we can provide fresh nutritious food to the organizations that need it most.”
Feeding Northeast Florida, which is taking over the role previously handled by the Second Harvest North Florida, is responsible for collecting food donations, inspecting them in the warehouse to ensure they are safe and distributing them to more than 90 nonprofit, religious and civic organizations that provide food assistance to those in need.
It is estimated that in the 17-county area that comprises northeast Florida, about 350,000 people are food-insecure — which translates into one-out-of-six citizens and one-out-of four children, or 16.6 percent of the population.
Ganger says the new agency’s biggest needs now are for cash donations and volunteers.
To learn more about how to join the fight to solve hunger in northeast Florida, visit www.feedingnefl.org or contact 904-655-9684.