Jacksonville, Fla. (Oct. 26, 2015) – Feeding Northeast Florida (FNEFL) and America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia are calling on college football fans to take part in the Georgia-Florida Game Week Food Challenge from now until Nov. 1.
“We’re inviting fans to help address the hunger need in our community, where one-in-six people, and one-in-four children, are food insecure,” said FNEFL President and CEO Bruce Ganger. “Whether they volunteer at our food distribution center, or make food or other donations, they just need to let us know which team they are rooting for.”
The food banks will tally the score and announce the results after the Georgia-Florida Game on Oct. 31.
“We’re excited to team up with our neighboring food bank to encourage Georgia and Florida fans to put their team spirit behind the fight to end hunger,” said Mary Jane Crouch, executive director of America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. “The real winners of this friendly competition are the thousands of fans in Northeast Florida and southern and coastal Georgia who face hunger every day.”
For tailgaters who want to take part in the food drive, themed food collection bins for both teams will be located at the downtown Jacksonville Winn-Dixie Store at 777 North Market St.
Florida Blue is taking part in the competition, setting up food collection bins at the Florida Blue Retail Centers at 4855 Town Center Parkway at the St. Johns Town Center and at the River City Market Place, located at 13141 City Station Dr., Suite 106 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26 through Friday, Oct. 30. Food collection bins also are at the Terracon offices in Jacksonville (9655 Florida Mining Blvd. W.) and Savannah (2201 Rowland Ave.).
Georgia Bulldog and Florida Gator booster clubs in Northeast Florida are also participating in the food drive.
Fans and visitors who choose to volunteer can register now at the FNEFL Food Distribution Center for a three-hour shift inspecting and sorting donated food can register on-line at http://www.feedingnefl.org/volunteer/ or call 904-830-4379 to schedule a morning or afternoon shift. All are welcome to wear their team colors.
For those who wish to donate, visit the FNEFL website at www.feedingnefl.org or the Coastal Georgia food bank at http://www.helpendhunger.org/how-to-help-make-a-donation/. For more information, visit http://www.feedingnefl.org/category/events/.
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 176 nonprofit, faith-based and charitable organizations. FNEFL works in partnership with 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, social media on Facebook and Twitter, or contact 904-513-1333.
About America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia
Established in Savannah in 1981, America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia serves as the food safety net for tens of thousands of children, senior citizens, low-income families, and people with disabilities who are at-risk for hunger throughout southeastern Georgia. The food bank partners with 300 churches and nonprofit agencies to provide emergency food assistance across Coastal Georgia. For more information, visit www.helpendhunger.org.