Talking Hurricane Prep and Response with Feeding NEFL | River City Live
Feeding Northeast Florida maintains a goal of helping those in food insecure areas get necessities to feed their families in times of need. Hurricane season is upon us, and Feeding Northeast Florida wants to inform the public of things they can do to prepare for their families. Rance hosted a conversation with Eli Darkatsh, Director of Compliance and Capability to learn about online resources people can use before or after a hurricane. They also chat about the importance of volunteers and how their contributions go a long way to expediting food sifting and packing for those in need.
Vice President Harris stops by vaccination site during Jacksonville visit
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Vice President Kamala Harris visited Jacksonville on Monday as part of the Biden administration’s “Help is Here” tour of the nation promoting the $1.9 trillion relief package. She visited the federally-run Gateway Mall vaccination site before stopping by a Northwest Jacksonville food distribution warehouse. “I’m glad to be in Jacksonville,” Harris said. “Tap away!”Jennifer Chase was getting her second shot as Harris came to the Gateway site and talked to the people getting shots. Harris visited last visited Jacksonville in October for a socially-distanced rally at the University of North Florida in advance of the November election.
With your help, we generated 50,000 meals for those in need
Through your donations during Monday’s food drive, we collected more than 21,000 pounds of food and $65. Besides that, you helped us raise an additional $5,340 by donating to Feeding Northeast Florida’s virtual food drive. As we’ve said before, we’re taking Positively Jax to the next level this year in hopes of making a difference in our community. For those who couldn’t make it to the food drive, there are still ways to help. Perhaps the easiest way is to donate to Feeding Northeast Florida’s virtual food drive.
Donate to Feeding Northeast Florida’s virtual food drive
Consider doing your part to be Positively Jax by donating to Feeding Northeast Florida’s virtual food drive. Feeding Northeast Florida, the region’s leading food bank, has made it a mission to help families across Northeast Florida who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. SIGN UP: Make a pledge to be Positively Jax in 2021 | DONATE: Make a donation to the virtual food driveThrough FNF’s virtual food drive, you can make a difference without leaving your home. Just select the items you’d like to donate from the virtual store then head to the checkout. You can either upload a photo of your good deed to SnapJax using the Positively Jax category or send us a note by clicking here.
PHOTOS: News4JAX staff share Positively Jax images
Now more than ever it’s important for us to come together as a community. As part of our 2021 Positively Jax campaign, which aims to share 1,000 good deeds happening in our community, we hosted a food drive Monday with Feeding Northeast Florida. Below you’ll find images from the food drive, along with some other random acts of kindness. Upload your Positively Jax photos to SnapJAX and we’ll add them to this gallery.
Positively Jax food drive brings in flood of donations
As our way of honoring Dr. King’s legacy on the national day of service, News4Jax and Feeding Northeast Florida hosted a food drive on Monday. This food drive is one piece of our brand new Random Jax of Kindness initiative. Donations can also be made online through Feeding Northeast Florida’s virtual food drive. Whether you took part in the food drive or are doing your part some other way, we’d like to hear from you. Upload a photo of your good deeds to SnapJax or drop us a line.
Feeding Northeast Florida distributes more than 30M pounds of food in 2020
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Feeding Northeast Florida distributed more than 30 million pounds of food in 2020. At the beginning of the pandemic, King said the non-profit had to adjust its grocery recovery process. It’s been inspiring.”The pandemic is still impacting people in Northeast Florida in 2021. In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Feeding Northeast Florida has several volunteer opportunities. Looking ahead to 2021, Feeding Northeast Florida is looking for volunteers.
News4JAX celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with food drive
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – News4JAX celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by teaming up with Feeding Northeast Florida for a food drive on Monday. The food drive, part of our ongoing Positively JAX movement, was held at Channel 4, located at 4 Broadcast Place. POSITIVELY JAX: Join the movement & make a differenceSarah Hall, with Feeding Northeast Florida, said giving a little can make a world of difference. This food drive is one of the many ways we strive to be Positively JAX. And we’ll be sharing your stories all year long as part of our commitment to being Positively JAX.
Food donations down heading into holiday season, Feeding Northeast Florida says
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The need for food is increasing amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to Feeding Northeast Florida. King said food donations are also down heading into the holiday season. “I would say that our food donations are significantly down,” said King. “Luckily, we have been able to provide food through the USDA CFAP (U.S. Department of Agriculture Coronavirus Food Assistance Program). According to the organization, $1 can help provide six meals.
Northeast Florida food bank gets over 12,500 meals in donations
Feeding Northeast Florida has seen two or three times as many households seeking food assistance. Typically, Feeding Northeast Florida receives donations from food distributors and grocery store chains. The need for food in Northeast Florida has enhanced in the last six months due to the pandemic. Feeding Northeast Florida said this donation will help a lot of people on the First Coast. If you are looking for food assistance, you can find a list of Feeding Northeast Florida’s food distribution partners on their website.
‘It lightens my burdens’: Area residents grateful at food pantry event
Feeding Northeast Florida is holding nearly 45 drive-thru food pantries a week to keep up with the needs of area residents, but Tuesday’s event was a bit different. Winn-Dixie paired up with Feeding Northeast Florida and helped provide groceries for more than 400 families at the Paxon Revival Center. It lightens my burdens … Winn-Dixie is Jacksonville’s backbone,” said one woman at the event. Winn-Dixie has not set a date for its next food pantry event but says it will be around the holiday season. Feeding Northeast Florida says it will be hosting a drive-thru food pantry on Thursday at Redemption Church on Lane Avenue.
Study: 125K more people to struggle with food insecurity by November
That ripple effect caused millions to lose their jobs, and the unemployment system wasn’t enough to rescue unemployed workers from falling into the condition of food insecurity. Food insecurity is defined as the disruption of food intake or eating patterns because of a lack of money and other resources. “When you break it right down, food insecurity is that you don’t know where your next meal will come from,” Feeding Northeast Florida CEO Susan King said. It shows 125,000 more people in the region will fall into the condition of food insecurity by November. Putting it into numbers, prior to the pandemic, Feeding Northeast Florida was processing about 50,000 pounds of food every day.
Cowford Chophouse, Cal-Maine Foods donate 1.2M eggs to Feeding Northeast Florida
Cowford Chophouse and national egg producer Cal-Maine Foods have come to the rescue for the Jacksonville-based charity, donating 1.2 million eggs in the last three months. Thursdays donation of 312,000 eggs was the fourth made by the partners to Feeding Northeast Florida. The donation from Cowford Chophouse and Cal-Maine Foods will help Feeding Northeast Florida continue to address food insecurity and poverty through awareness, advocacy, education and action. Jacques and Tracy Klempf, co-owners of the Cowford Chophouse, have a long-standing relationship with Feeding Northeast Florida. In Florida, Cal-Maine has donated over 6,500,000 eggs, this year, including those to Feeding Northeast Florida.
Giving back: Jacksonville Jaguars helping feed America
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Players from the Jaguars defense went off the practice field Tuesday to help families in need. Abry Jones and Dawuane Smoot volunteered in a food sorting event at TIAA Bank Field in support of Feeding Northeast Florida. "The Jaguars are enormous supporters of our organization and of hunger issues in general. I think they bring such a big voice to a problem," said Susan King with Feeding Northeast Florida. pic.twitter.com/2Zgv79pkWP City of Jacksonville (COJ) (@CityofJax) October 15, 2019Copyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.
Winn-Dixie holds mobile food pantry for Hunger Action Month
Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesJACKSONVILLE, Fla. - One in seven people struggle with hunger in Florida and the food insecurity rate is nearly 18% in Duval County, according to Winn-Dixie. The grocer is partnering with Feeding Northeast Florida to recognize September as Hunger Action Month with a drive-thru food pantry event for the community. Feeding America member food banks are lifelines for people who may not have access to a healthy meal, Winn-Dixie said. This is a part of Winn-Dixie's ongoing effort to fight food insecurity and to provide associates with the hands-on opportunity to positively impact communities in the Jacksonville area. Copyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.