Soaring prices force families to turn to food banks as inflation also hurting food pantries
Families are not the only ones struggling with inflation rates soaring. According to Feeding America, food banks across the country are buying nearly as much food as they did last year, but are paying 40% more for that food.
4 Farm Share food distributions in Jacksonville this week
Farm Share is making sure no Floridians go hungryJACKSONVILLE, Fla. – One of the most common requests in our newsroom is to find out when the next food distribution event will be in Jacksonville. Farm Share is hosting four events in town this week. Recipients will receive fresh produce and non-perishable canned goods. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, distributions are drive-thru only to minimize contact and to help ensure the safety of all parties, and attendees must wear a mask and arrive in a vehicle with a trunk or cargo bed. Here are the dates, times and locations of the four events:Farm Share food distribution with the Church of OaklandDate: Thursday, March 25, 2021, from 10 a.m. until supplies lastLocation: 1025 Jessie St., Jacksonville, Fla. 32206Farm Share food distribution with St. Matthew Baptist ChurchDate: Friday, March 26, 2021, from 8 a.m. until supplies lastLocation: 3811 Moncrief Road, Jacksonville, Fla. 32209Farm Share food distribution with State Rep. Tracie DavisDate: Saturday, March 27, 2021, from 9 a.m. until supplies lastLocation: 2803 Edgewood Ave. W, Jacksonville, Fla. 32209AdFarm Share food distribution with Councilman Gaffney & Central Baptist Institutional ChurchDate: Saturday, March 27, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. until supplies lastLocation: 524 W 3rd St., Jacksonville, Fla. 32209With the 2021 Legislative Session underway, Farm Share is urging the Legislature to fully fund Farm Share, so the state’s largest food bank can continue to meet the needs of food-insecure Floridians in the state’s 67 counties.
Farm Share distributing food at 4 events around Jacksonville area Saturday
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Farm Share, one of Florida’s leading food nonprofits, is distributing food to food-insecure Floridians in the Jacksonville area on Saturday. We have heard from many of you that these events have become a lifeline, particularly during the pandemic. Recipients will receive fresh produce and non-perishable canned goods. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, distributions are drive-thru only to minimize contact and ensure the safety of all parties, and attendees must wear a mask and arrive in a vehicle with a trunk or cargo bed. Abess Park Elementary SchoolWHEN: 8:30 a.m. until supplies lastWHERE: 12731 Abess Blvd., Jacksonville, 32225Grace Baptist Church of East SpringfieldWHEN: 9 a.m. until supplies lastWHERE: Kooker Park Parking Lot, Between E 21st St. and Bennett St., Jacksonville, 32206Distribution with Councilman Reggie Gaffney & Councilman Sam NewbyWHEN: 9:30 a.m. until supplies lastWHERE: 12263 Sago Ave. W, Jacksonville, 32218Lions Club of ArlingtonWHEN: 10 a.m. until supplies lastWHERE: 6523 Commerce St., Jacksonville, 32211
Farm Share serves over 500 families in need at Northside food giveaway
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Farm Share’s latest food giveaway Saturday served more than 500 local families in need at Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church on Interstate Center Drive in Jacksonville. The nonprofit teamed up with state Rep. Tracie Davis for the drive-thru food distribution. “I do help other people who need help,” she said. “It makes me feel good, giving back to someone who don’t have.”Farm Share estimates more than 3.4 million families are food insecure throughout the state of Florida. Last year alone, Farm Share handed out more than 104 million pounds of food.
Farm Share sets 3 food distributions this week
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Farm Share announces plans to distribute food in the Jacksonville area later this week. Farm Share currently serves all 67 counties in Florida. AdSince its inception, Farm Share has distributed nationally more than 707 million pounds of food with a value of more than $1.3 billion. In 2020 alone, Farm Share distributed more than 104 million pounds of food and served more than 86 million meals to Floridians. For more information about Farm Share, visit FarmShare.org.
Farm Share schedules more food distributions in Northeast Florida
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Farm Share, one of Florida’s leading food nonprofits distributing food to food-insecure residents, announced Monday five food distributions this week in Northeast Florida. Tuesday , Feb. 9, from 8:30 a.m. until supplies last at American Legion Post 250, 3939 County Road 218 in MiddleburgThursday , Feb. 11, from 8:30 a.m. until supplies last at Legacy Ministries, 825 University Blvd. Farm Share currently serves all 67 counties in Florida. Last year alone, Farm Share distributed more than 104 million pounds of food and served more than 86 million meals to Floridians. AdFor more information about Farm Share, visit FarmShare.org.
5 giveaways in 4 days: Farm Share hands out food for families needing hand up
PALATKA, Fla. – Farm Share will hold a handful of food distributions in Northeast Florida this week. Since March 2020, Farm Share said it has held thousands of food distribution statewide and distributed nearly 90 million meals related to its Covid-19 relief efforts. “It’s scary how consistent this has all been,” said Matthew Gallen, Facility Manager of Farm Share of Jacksonville. “We’ve waited for it to slow up and it’s just not happening.”At each food distribution, people receive fresh produce and non-perishables to get them through several days. The food distributions are drive-thru only to reduce contact amid the pandemic.
Farm Share distributes 68,000 pounds of food Saturday
Dozens of volunteers loaded cars with food from Farm Share at Legacy Ministries in Arlington Saturday morning. There was also a third farm share event at Abyssina Missionary Baptist Church on the Northside. FarmShare is hosting one more food distribution event before Christmas: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Bethel Baptist Church just north of FSCJ Downtown Campus. Farm Share was established in 1991 with the idea of distributing fresh food to families, children and seniors who need it free of charge. Farm share says since the beginning of March its distributed nearly 81 million meals to Florida residents.
How great is the need for food assistance? Where you can get help this week
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As Northeast Florida residents struggle through the pandemic, more people than ever need assistance. On Tuesday, Eastside Florida Farm Share teamed up with the Church of Oakland to distribute food to around 1,600 families, the first of six distributions of free food in Jacksonville this week. Saturday, 9 a.m.: Farm Share partners with Congressman Al Lawson to feed Jacksonville families at Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church, 10325 Interstate Center Drive. Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Farm Share partners with Holy Spirit Catholic Church to feed 300 families, 11665 Fort Caroline Road. Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon: Farm Share partners with Legacy Ministries to feed 300 Jacksonville families, 825 University Blvd.
500 families served meals in St. Augustine distribution event
Farm Share, a Florida-based food nonprofit teamed up with St. Augustine businesses to host a drive-through food distribution Tuesday to provide produce and non-perishable food to those in need. With all the food, bagged and ready to go, volunteers with FarmShare had to start the giveaway early. “I’m 65, retired and on social security and retirement -- so I need it too.”Fresh produce and non-perishable canned goods -- organizers and volunteers packaged enough to serve 500 families. “It’s great to see smiles and to hear people being grateful,” said Chuck, a volunteer. “It’s a great way to spend the day.”The nonprofit held the event along with the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Belk, Sunbelt Rentals, Wilson Heating & Air Conditioning, and Sertoma at the Belk parking lot at the Ponce De Leon Mall.
Salvation Army distributes Thanksgiving food to 1K families
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tuesday morning, the Salvation Army gave 1,000 families everything they need to prepare Thanksgiving dinner. From this, Jones donated 852 turkeys to the Jacksonville Salvation Army. Volunteers pass out food to 1,000 families Tuesday (WJXT)The Salvation Army had plenty of turkeys this year but was still in need last week of side items. The work now carries over into December as the Salvation Army gears up for the next holiday campaign. Two other Thanksgiving food giveaways were held Tuesday in Northeast Florida, with no prior application necessary.
Free drive-thru food distribution every Tuesday & Thursday
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The City of Jacksonville reminded Duval residents on Twitter of a free, drive-through food distribution happening today. The Catholic Charities ‘Food Pantry at the Jessie’ is in partnership with Farm Share and the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund. The drive-thru distribution happens every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am - 3 pm, at the Jessie Ball Dupont Center at 40 East Adams Street. The groups involved say they have already served tens of thousands of families in need.
Farm Share partners to open recurring food bank in Clay County
To combat this problem, Farm Share has teamed up with Children’s Home Society of Florida, and the Clay County School district to hold a monthly recurring food bank for families. Every third Thursday for the next 8-months families in Clay County can pick up fresh produce, meat, milk, and other food items for free. The food bank is held from 5-6:30 p.m. at Wilkinson Junior High School. It’s meant to help families in food deserts get access to quality food throughout the year. Any food leftover after each giveaway will be stored at the junior high school, through its kitchen shelves program.
FarmShare, other agencies distribute 40K pounds of food to families in need
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – FarmShare and several other agencies teamed up Saturday morning to distribute thousands of pounds of food to help those in need. Hundreds of cars went through the drive-thru site at the Community Health Outreach on Timuquana Road. “It’s me, my husband, my nephew and I also have a 2-year-old granddaughter.”Community Health Outreach, Farm Share & other orgs hosting food distribution on Timuquana rd. Virginia Pillsbury with Community Health Outreach said usually on a Saturday, it sees 350 cars, but today they expected up to 1,000. Pillsbury said the need is continuously growing and last week alone they distributed 50,000 pounds of food.
Farm Share distributes 30K pounds of food to Jacksonville families in need
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Farm Share partnered with city leaders to host two food drives Saturday. In total, nearly 30,000 pounds of food was distributed to hundreds of Jacksonville families. At Duval Charter School off 103rd Street, cars packed into two lines for a drive-thru food giveaway. It was great.”Farm Share Jacksonville serves 11 counties throughout northeast and central Florida. “So we are all over Jacksonville trying to hit different areas on the same day,” Johnson said.
Jacksonville food giveaways see increased demand due to COVID-19 pandemic
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Hundreds of people on Thursday packed East Adams Street in downtown Jacksonville for a food giveaway. The giveaways hosted by Catholic Charities Jacksonville, Farm Share and the Jessie Ball duPont Fund happen every Tuesday and Thursday and have seen increased demand due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, the line opened at 9 a.m., and by 11 a.m., 182 cars and 87 walkups had already been served. Though the giveaways were happening before the pandemic, an organizer said turnout has since catapulted. With how busy it has been over the summer, Bennett said, they typically run out in a couple of hours.
Farm Share food distribution event in Duval County on Saturday
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Farm Share and volunteers are coming together to provide food to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The distribution will be held on Saturday, August 22, from 8 a.m. until supplies last at St. Patrick Catholic Church (601 Airport Center Dr. E, Jacksonville, FL 32218). Attendees must arrive in a vehicle with a trunk or cargo bed. Here is what attendees can expect to receive:Fresh produceNon-perishables canned goodsCanned proteinsWaterSpecial Guests: City Council member, Al Ferraro, City Council member, Terrance Freeman, City Council member, Dr. Rakiya Faulkner, MD, Joel Davis, Retired MLB, City Council member. Reggie Gaffney, City Council member, Ju’Coby Pittman, and Roy Miller, Retired NLF
Catholic Charities partners with Farm Share to hold food pantry
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Catholic Charities of Jacksonville partnered with Farm Share to hold a food pantry on Thursday. It took place at the Jessie Ball duPont Center on East Adams Street from noon to 6 p.m.Im just picking up some groceries. Theyre pretty good about that -- give you stuff you need, not stuff you dont need, Roy Shirley told News4Jax. The pantry was able to serve up to 300 families.
More than 400 carloads of groceries given out at Farm Share event
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Farm Share on Saturday hosted a drive-through food giveaway for families in need. More than 400 carloads of groceries were given out. Farm Share was able to host the event thanks to a $500,000 donation from the city of Jacksonville. Seeing all these cars in a line is heartbreaking, but we are doing our best to meet them where they are at,” said Jacksonville City Councilman Terrance Freeman. Other volunteers echoed Miller’s comments, saying they were just happy to be able to help the community.
Farm Share food distribution in Duval, Clay counties Thursday
Farm Share is hosting drive-thru food distributions for families in need in Jacksonville and Middleburg on Thursday. To minimize contact and ensure the safety of all parties, attendees must arrive in a vehicle with their windows up and their trunks open. All recipients must also have a nose/mouth covering. Food is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Locals in attendance should expect to receive:Fresh produceProteinsNon-perishable goodsWaterLocationsLegacy Ministries825 University Blvd N, Jacksonville, FL 32211Time: 9 a.m. to Noon on Thursday, June 18Wilkinson Jr. High5025 Co Rd 218, Middleburg, FL 32068Time: 5-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18Donations to support Farm Shares mission can be made via FarmShare.org or by texting EAT to 41-444.