Jacksonville, Fla. (May 1, 2015) – Jacksonville philanthropists Gary and Nancy Chartrand have committed a $500,000 donation to Feeding Northeast Florida over the next five years.
“Given the need to eliminate hunger in Jacksonville and the surrounding area, and the initiatives the food bank has started to make sure children have the food they need to be productive in school, we’re happy to fund Feeding Northeast Florida at this level,” said Gary Chartrand. “The agency has done a lot to improve the efficiency in getting food to people who need it and has earned the community’s support.”
FNEFL President and CEO Bruce Ganger says the donation further ensures the nonprofit food bank can continue to improve the flow of food to those who need it more quickly and efficiently.
“We’re extremely honored and pleased to receive this show of support from Gary and Nancy,” Ganger said. “Their donation also matched a challenge grant we received from the Delores Barr Weaver Fund late last year, and both will have a very significant impact on our ability to solve hunger throughout the area.”
The Chartrand’s are well known for their philanthropy in Northeast Florida – especially in the area of education. In April 2007, they led a community effort to help bring Teach for America to Jacksonville. Because of his passion for education, coupled with his business and leadership experience, Gary Chartrand was appointed to the State Board of education in 2011.
FNEFL has distributed over 13.5 million meals through a network of more than 170 nonprofit agencies and food pantries in 17 counties since its founding as an affiliate of Feeding America in February of last year.
The food bank also continues to implement a “hub-and-spoke” distribution model to serve the area’s food pantries more effectively – creating satellite distribution centers in Nassau and St. Johns County, with others planned in Duval, Clay and Putnam counties.
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 170 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.