21K pounds of food donated at Shredder Day

Second Harvest North Florida thankful for donations

Published On: Apr 16 2013 11:55:55 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 16 2013 06:10:00 PM EDT
Second Harvest Food Bank donations
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

More than 4,000 cars made their way through the Channel 4 parking lot for Shredder Day on Monday.

Many people made it more than just about shredding personal documents, but also helping out a cause -- Second Harvest North Florida.

The food bank received so many donations that it couldn't calculate the weight of the food until Tuesday.

"I've got a lot of stuff to shred and some goods to donate, it's an awesome deal for both of us," John Ganzel said at Monday's event.

This year's donations were more than double what the food bank got last year at Shredder Day. Last year the food bank raked in about 10,000 pounds of donations. On Monday, the community donated 21,077 pounds, which makes 19,773 meals. Second Harvest also collected $416.25 in cash donations.

"It's canned green beans, corn and peanut butter and the things that every family likes, and it's going to fit in so many different places in the community," Second Harvest Executive Director Bruce Ganger said.

In northeast Florida, one out of six people do not know where their next meal will be from. That's 342,000 people. And although the food bank stems out helping an array of people and agencies, 40 percent of the people who receive food from Second Harvest are working families.

"These working families, homebound elderly, children in the community don't know where their next meal is going to come from," Ganger said. "It's going to come to really help them."

If you missed the opportunity to at Shredder Day to help Second Harvest North Florida, there is still another chance at the Sharks game Friday night, or visit their website to find out how to donate.

As for the shredding, it's estimated more than 100 tons of paperwork were shredded by Cintas, surpassing last year's total of 84 tons.