Jacksonville, Fla. (Jan. 28, 2015) – Thanks to the generosity of residents in the community and volunteers who gave up their Saturday morning to pick fruit, Feeding Northeast Florida (FNEFL) and the Society of St. Andrews collected 26,372 pounds of fruit during the Citrus Harvest for the Hungry that took place on Saturday.
The fruit has been sorted and is being distributed now to many of the 150 food pantries and other partners in 17 Northeast Florida counties served by FNEFL
The agency had set a goal 30,000 pounds of fresh citrus, but FNEFL Operations Director Eli Darkatsh says that the pounds collected was “great, considering the bad weather kept some volunteers from showing up at our collection centers that day.
“We just want to thank all the residents who donated and the volunteers who helped make this year’s event a success,” Darkatsh said.
FNEFL received so many calls from residents, more than the number of volunteers could handle, that Darkatsh said some homes with fruit had to be rescheduled for a later date.
“It’s a good problem to have,” he said. “We plan to get back in touch with those homes we couldn’t reach in the coming weeks.

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 150 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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