In response to the critical shortage at the Food Bank, the 13th Annual Jaguars Food Drive resulted in more than 199,500 pounds of food collected during the two-week campaign for people in need on Florida's First Coast.
To help launch the campaign, Winn-Dixie donated one truckload of food weighing over 40,000 pounds. For the past two weeks fans have made donations at over 40 local Winn-Dixie stores in addition to last week prior to the Jaguars-Chargers game. More than 50 barrels of food were collected during the game day collection including a monetary collection of $4,317.33.
"This food drive came at a time when we were facing a crisis," said Patrick Colley, director, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Florida.
"The demand during this holiday season has risen more than twenty-five percent and the results from the drive are a real blessing. We want to thank the community, Winn-Dixie and the Jaguars for their concern in helping those less fortunate throughout Northeast Florida."
The mission of the Second Harvest Food Bank is to feed hungry people by soliciting and judiciously distributing food and grocery products and to educate the public about the nature of, and solutions to, the problems of hunger. There are two basic components: rescuing surplus food to redistribute to local nonprofit organizations serving the hungry, and providing nutritious meals and healthy snacks to children from low-income families through community-based Kids Cafe sites. Last year, the Food Bank provided more than 9 million pounds of food through 515 different member agencies. For every $1 donated, the Food Bank provides up to $53.00 worth of food to the hungry.