Jacksonville, Fla. (Dec. 18, 2014) – Jacksonville philanthropist Delores Barr Weaver will donate $500,000 over two years to Feeding Northeast Florida (FNEFL) to support the fight against hunger in 17 area counties.
“There are about 150 other nonprofit agencies and food pantries that rely on Feeding Northeast Florida to deliver nutritious food that they can then distribute into the community to those who need it, so its work is very important over the entire region,” Weaver said. “This is one of many deserving organizations in our area that is meeting a very basic need, that for food, and improving the lives of many in our community every day.”
FNEFL President and CEO Bruce Ganger says the donation, along with others from supporters over the last several months, will enable the agency to continue to improve the flow of “rescued food” to those who need it more quickly and efficiently.
Since FNEFL’s food distribution center opened almost seven months ago, the agency has distributed 10 million pounds of food through its partners in 17 counties, while reducing the “dwell time” of food at the center from three days to one day. It has also implemented a “hub-and-spoke” distribution model to serve the area’s food pantries more effectively – bringing on satellite distribution centers in Nassau and St. Johns County, which are certified through FNEFL to accept food shipments directly from grocer sponsors.
“We’ve accomplished a lot in almost seven months, but there’s more to do, and donations like this one from Mrs. Weaver are crucial in helping us cover our operating costs so we can focus on ensuring no one goes hungry in our community,” Ganger said. “We’re also a new agency, so we’re especially grateful for her confidence and support of our work so far to eliminate hunger in Northeast Florida.
The donation is the latest in a long line of charitable contributions made by Mrs. Weaver through The Delores Barr Weaver Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.
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