Jacksonville, FL – In the spirit of the season, today the Jacksonville Jaguars, Publix, PepsiCo and Feeding Northeast Florida, provided Publix Holiday meal bags for 1,200 families, seniors and veterans in time for the holiday season. They were joined by supporting partners of hunger relief, Pajcic & Pajcic Law Firm, SunPass® and Stahl Meyer Foods.
The partners gathered in the US Assure Club West at TIAA Bank Field alongside Jaguars players, Jaxson de Ville and THE ROAR of the Jaguars, to distribute the meals to 28 community partners. They will in-turn deliver the food directly to area families, seniors and veterans. This is the tenth year the Jaguars have donated Publix food bags across the Northeast Florida region.
"Feeding Northeast Florida provides essential meals to thousands of First Coast families all year long, and the Jaguars are honored to participate in their mission during of the holidays alongside our partners," said Jaguars President Mark Lamping. "Jacksonville is our home, and we believe in taking care of our own, which must begin with meeting the needs of those who struggle to put food on the table."
Volunteers from Feeding Northeast Florida assembled the food, filling Publix reusable holiday bags with 1,200 Publix holiday meals. Families will enjoy a mix of non-perishables, such as canned corn and green beans, stuffing mix, cornbread mix, gravy mix, and fresh foods, including potatoes, carrots, apples and oranges, along with candy canes and a box of cookies. Each family, senior and/or veteran will also receive a $10 Publix food card to buy a meat or other food item of their choice. In addition, PepsiCo will be providing Pepsi and Frito Lay products.
Dwaine Stevens, Media & Community Relations Manager at Publix, said, "Publix works year-round with Feeding Northeast Florida to provide food for hungry children and families. It is especially important at this time of year that we can partner with the Jaguars and PepsiCo to help ensure that every family can gather together for a warm meal during the holidays."
"As part of Pepsi's year-around hunger relief effort, we are proud to help provide meals to those in need in the Jacksonville community this holiday season," said Rich Panner, Vice President, PepsiCo, Southeast region.
The Jaguars Foundation coordinated with the following nonprofit groups to receive Publix holiday food bags to distribute to families: 5 STAR Veterans Center, Andrew Jackson High School, Boys & Girls Club of Nassau County, Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida, Cathedral Residences, Edward H. White High School, Family Promise, First Coast YMCA, FL Survivor Outreach Services, Fresh Ministries Eastside Center, Girls Inc., Heart for Children, L'Arche Harbor House, MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation, Matthew Gilbert Middle School, Neighbor to Family, Northeast Florida Women Veterans
Popeye's, Rethreaded, Sanctuary on 8th Street, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church of Daytona Beach, St. Gerard of St. Augustine, Sulzbacher Center, The Arc Jacksonville, The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, Touchstone Village, Well Church, Wounded Warrior Project and Yellow House.
"Our community has the resources to help bridge the hunger gap. Today, we are one step closer to that end," said Feeding Northeast Florida President and CEO, Frank Castillo. "Children and families, veterans and seniors will have a more filling holiday due to this collaboration."