JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 19, 2018 – Feeding Northeast Florida announced today it has been awarded an $18,000 grant from The Darden Foundation to assist in its efforts of providing help to people facing hunger. The generous grant will allow the region’s largest hunger-relief organization to allocate funds in areas with the most need, including specialized programs designed for the most at-risk and underserved food insecure members of the community.

Children, senior citizens, veterans, individuals and/or families with special needs, and those enlisted in rehabilitation support programs will be assisted through specialized Feeding Northeast Florida programming, such as Food Desert Mobile Pantries, Nutrition Packs and the investment in strategic partners within Feeding Northeast Florida’s hunger-relief network.

“One in six people struggle with hunger in Northeast Florida, including 81,000 local children,” said Feeding Northeast Florida President and CEO Frank D. Castillo. “The face of hunger may surprise you; 57 percent of those we serve are working families. In our community, teachers, nurses, landscapers, and even active duty military members are turning to us to help them feed their children. The Darden Foundation’s donation will go a long way for the people in our community who are looking for a hand up.”

In total, $2 million in grant funding has been awarded to 192 Feeding America food banks. Funds are intended to provide support to assist in responding to the growing number of food-insecure Americans. The Darden Foundation is committed to supporting families facing food insecurity in communities across the United States. Its commitment to help is demonstrated through the Foundation’s partnership with Feeding America and its network of 200 food banks across the nation.

Feeding America has worked alongside The Darden Foundation for six years in the fight to end hunger. Thanks to the Foundation’s ongoing support, the Feeding America network has been able to help provide even more nutritious meals to families in need.

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 its robust hunger-relief network of 160 partners and programs.