Jacksonville, Fla. (April 13, 2015) – Donations of food and cash are important to ensuring Feeding Northeast Florida (FNEFL) can distribute food to more than 322,000 people in 17 area counties each year – but it couldn’t be accomplished without the volunteers the nonprofit agency needs to get the job done.
In recognition of National Volunteer Week this week, FNEFL is encouraging the community to help it fill all of its 600 volunteer slots for the month of April – with plans to honor its volunteers and give awards to its top volunteers at a celebration at the end of April.
“We provide food to more than 150 food pantries, faith-based and charitable organizations, and there’s no way we could do it without the support and cooperation of individual and corporate volunteers at our distribution center,” said FNEFL President and CEO Bruce Ganger. “We wanted to highlight their contribution to fighting hunger this month, and also the important role they play here and at other nonprofit agencies in the First Coast.”
FNEFL will be contacting all past volunteers and other supporters to reach its goal for the month. Volunteers already scheduled to assist the agency will be asked to post photos with the hashtag #wearefeedingnefl, and the value of their time commitment, to their social media pages to encourage participation from their friends and family.
According to a report from Independent Sector in Washington, D.C., which does an annual survey of the value of a volunteer hour, an hour of service from a Florida volunteer equals $21.24.
“For those who can’t volunteer their time but would like to help us reach our goal, they’ll be asked to donate the equivalent of the hours they would like to work to Feeding Northeast Florida through our website,” Ganger said.
Donations can be made at http://www.feedingnefl.org/make-a-donation.
National Volunteer Week, a program of Points of Light, was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week.
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.

About National Volunteer Week
Established in 1974 by the Points of Light, National Volunteer Week (April 12-18, 2015) is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, the country has the fortitude to meet its challenges and accomplish its goals. For more information contact Jennifer Geckler at jgeckler@pointsoflight.org.