JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With Thanksgiving around the corner, Clara White Mission put on their 22nd annual Feed the City "A Dining Room on Ashley Street" charity event.
The pre-Thanksgiving luncheon fed about 1,000 homeless people, and there were over 250 volunteers on hand to make it all happen.
The Clara White Mission's "soup kitchen" service provides hot meals to the general homeless population seven days a week. The program serves 400-500 people daily. They also provide educational programs and housing programs for people in need.
President and CEO of the Clara White Mission Ju'Coby Pittman has been passionate about feeding those in need for over two decades. She said growing up in “meager means” inspired her to give back.
“We do this every day, not just during the holidays,” Pittman said. “I know a lot want to give back during Thanksgiving and Christmas, but we would love to have volunteers (year-round) to make sure the homeless and low income are fed.”
Pittman said the mission relies on generous donations like the one from the Enterprise Rent-a-car Foundation to keep it going. The foundation made a $41,000 donation at the pre-Thanksgiving feast.
The feast also had music on hand, and people donated other good such as blankets, shoes, socks and toiletries.
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