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The fifth annual Jaguars Food Drive is now underway, with all area Winn-Dixie stores accepting non-perishable food items to help fight hunger on the First Coast. Last year's drive brought in more than 14,443 pounds of food and $1,200 in cash donations - enough for approximately 10,368 meals.

The Lutheran Social Services Second Harvest Food Bank, Northeast Florida's regional food bank, will again serve as the central resource for receiving and distributing the donated food to 17 area counties.

Fans are encouraged to stop by local Winn-Dixies to drop off their non-perishable food items from November 2 through November 14. The stadium gameday collection is set for Sunday, November 14, when the Jaguars play host to the Baltimore Ravens in a 4:05 p.m. game. Members of JagNet, the team's volunteer wives group, will be accepting donations starting at 2:15 p.m. Player's wives will be at each of the stadium's four main gates. The Jaguars' cheerleaders, The Roar, will also be accepting donations at the stadium's Touchdown Club West entrance.

Fans who bring five or more items to the game day collection and/or to the Winn-Dixie stores during the below scheduled player appearances will receive a special edition 11x17 size poster designed especially for the food drive. The following appearances are scheduled during the next two weeks:

Thursday, November 4, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Winn-Dixie (3538 Blanding Blvd.)
(Cedar Hills Shopping Center)

Tuesday, November 9, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Winn Dixie (201 West 48th Street)

Thursday, November. 11, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Winn Dixie (190 Solano Road)
(Ponte Vedra Beach)

Television and radio public service announcements featuring Jaguars offensive tackle Tony Boselli and his wife, Angi, are presently being distributed to promote the drive.

One in three families with children lack food every month. More than one-third of homeless people eat one meal a day or less and go one day a week without any nourishment. The LSS Second Harvest Food Bank served over 350 local non-profit agencies last year by distributing over four million pounds of donated and surplus food.

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