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Jacksonville-area groups partner to feed the needy

35,000 pounds of food being donated in weeks leading up to Thanksgiving

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – About 35,000 pounds of food is being donated to the needy in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.

The Lion of the Tribe of Judah Ministries and Farm Share have partnered to feed hundreds of Jacksonville families for "A Day of Thanks."

Families lined the Gateway Mall on Norwood Avenue for the giveaway Saturday. Servers handed out bags filled with items like meats, fruits, bread, drinks and desserts.

Organizers said their goal is to provide between 500 and 1,000 families with food for Thanksgiving.

"It does feel good and it's even better when you see the smiling faces on the people out there eating things they haven't had an opportunity to," said Brian Phelan, the director of the event. "Whether it's fruit, we have pizzas -- we just have a variety of things for them."

Many agencies like Eldercare, Childcare and soup kitchens all help out and came together for the community.