Second Harvest to suffer from budget cuts

80% of funding to vanish from proposed city cuts

Published On: Jul 13 2012 02:51:01 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 13 2012 03:03:26 PM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Budget cuts proposed by the city will affect social agencies like the Second Harvest Food Bank.

The food bank's shelves may be full now, but the city's proposed cuts would take away 80 percent of its funding from the city.

Second Harvest is just one of the groups the city is drastically cutting in its Public Service Grants. Second Harvest is losing $90,000 it was relying on from the city for daily operations.

In the long run, that may not sound like a lot of money, but executive director of the food bank, Bruce Ganger, said that adds up to more than 800,000 meals.

"I understand budget cuts. I get it," he said. "But the issue is for all of the people in the community. The first need we all have in the day is for food."

People like Rev. Traci Shellman rely on Second Harvest to help stock her church's food bank in Baldwin. She said people will go hungry and believes the city should not cut funding to social programs like this because the need is growing.

"Don't do that. Don't do it," said Shellman, of Transformation Fellowship. "This is an oasis for Jacksonville and Duval County and northeast Florida. It really is."