JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (December 6, 2018) — Feeding Northeast Florida, a nonprofit community food bank, is teaming up with a variety of local organizations for food drives and food pantries this holiday season.

“Food insecurity is a year-long problem in parts of Jacksonville, but it can be especially hard during the holidays when children are not getting nutritious foods at school and adults may not be working enough to afford healthy foods,” said Frank Castillo, president and CEO of Feeding Northeast Florida. “We are excited to work with multiple organizations to ensure people get the food they need to eat healthy meals this holiday season.”

Feeding Northeast Florida is collaborating with the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and The Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation to collect food for those in need. Feeding Northeast Florida will then distribute food to people in need though Winn-Dixie’s mobile pantry.

The food drive and food pantry schedules are as follows:

  • Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Food Drive takes place Dec. 7, Dec. 8 and Dec. 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the zoo. Donors receive a $5 coupon to Zoolights. At Zoolights, thousands of LED lights transform the zoo into a luminous winter wonderland with moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees, holiday music and animal silhouettes.
  • The Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation hosts the 7th annual Hope for the Holiday on Dec. 12, 2018. Volunteers will stuff 4100 bags with food from Feeding Northeast Florida to be distributed to families in need. People can support the cause by purchasing food items online at https://jimandtabithafurykfoundation.com/hope-for-the-holidays-shop/.
  • Mobile Pantry Distribution with Winn-Dixie: Tuesday, Dec. 18. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 5050 Edgewood Court. Feeding Northeast Florida and Winn-Dixie will provide fresh produce, protein and pantry staples to children, families, seniors and veterans in the 32254 zip code, considered a severe food desert.

Feeding Northeast Florida is also seeking monetary donations to help distribute food to people in need as distribution of food is expensive. Donations can be made at https://feedingnefl.networkforgood.com/projects/6180-feeding-northeast-florida.

“By giving people food, we are not just ending hunger,” said Castillo. “Food gives people the tools and resources to live healthier lives, be more productive and succeed in life. ”

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About Feeding Northeast Florida

Feeding Northeast Florida works daily to provide healthy food and critical resources to those locally struggling with food insecurity across eight regional counties. In 2017, more than 12.5 million meals were distributed throughout Northeast Florida through the organization’s robust hunger-relief network of 150 partners and programs. For more information about Feeding Northeast Florida, visit https://www.feedingnefl.org/.