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Food drive set to begin

The Jaguars, Winn-Dixie, LSS Second Harvest Food Bank and the City of Jacksonville will officially launch the Jaguars 12th Annual Food Drive on Monday, October 30. 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. Second Harvest Food Bank's shelves are at their lowest supply levels in six years, and with the holidays approaching, the need for food is increasing.

The Jaguars 12th Annual Food Drive runs through November 13. First Coast area residents can donate canned goods at their neighborhood Winn-Dixie stores during these two weeks, and also at Alltel Stadium on November 12, when the Jaguars host the Houston Texans.

KICK-OFF EVENT

WHERE: Winn-Dixie at 10915 Baymeadows Road at S.R. 9A

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 30 — 5:00pm to 7:00pm

News conference at 5 p.m.

WHO: - Wayne Weaver, Chairman and CEO of the Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Peter Lynch, President and CEO of Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.
  • Patrick Colley, Director of Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Michael Corrigan, Jacksonville City Council President
  • Local family who has benefited from the Food Bank's services
  • Jaguars players & members of The ROAR greeting fans and signing autographs

ADDITIONAL INFO: The mission of the LSS 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 non-profit 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 7.5 million pounds of food through almost 400 different member agencies. For every $1 donated, the Food Bank provides $8 worth of food to the hungry.

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